“The future is at your doorstep. It’s a drone. And it’s delivering the 3D printed bespoke shoes you ordered just a few hours earlier from your driverless car.
Ok, that exact scenario may only play out in the virtual pages of Wired, but it’s also likely to be a totally unremarkable event in three years. What is certain is that the kind of disruptions in supply chain, product design, material sourcing, and online retail that the drone delivery suggests are already happening. The future, it’s also clear, doesn’t have to arrive in glitzy packaging to have a major impact on how we do business. Technological innovations like intelligent buildings, AI, or robotics will transform energy consumption, leadership, and people practices in innumerable ways. Rapidly changing demographics and cultural norms will transform how we develop talent. Dynamic markets in the developing world and an era of regulatory uncertainty will make investing and planning more complicated. The future always looms large. So how do successful leaders plan for it?”