Daniel Burrus' Strategic Insights Blog

3D Printed Shoes are a Step in the Right Direction

mail_image_previewHaving new shoes that you need to “break in” because they hurt your feet (or dealing with shoes that always feel uncomfortable no matter how long you wear them) will soon be a thing of the past thanks to 3D Printing. Several shoe companies, including Nike, Feetz, and United Nude, are now using 3D Printing technology to give customers shoes that are custom made for them—in the store, on the spot.

Become Indispensible! 12 Certainties That Will Impact Your Career Now and In The Future

mail_image_previewAre you becoming increasingly irrelevant in the eyes of your employer or the marketplace because your education and training has not been keeping up with the dramatic changes that are taking place in your industry? To have job security and increase your earning power both now and in the future, you need to boost your relevance by learning new things. The challenge is knowing what to learn, what courses to take, and what degrees will position you to thrive in the years ahead.

Are Killer Robots on the Rise?

mail_image_previewA recent New York Times article warned of the future dangers robots could pose to the humans who work alongside them. The article cited the 33 deaths robots caused in the industrial setting over the past 30 years. While any death is unfortunate, let’s put that number into perspective. In the U.S. alone, there are 80 deaths due to auto accidents every day.   

Is Technology Helping Or Hurting Your Relationships?

The word relationships against futuristic black and blue backgroundNot too long ago, most people lived a very different life filled with many different realities. We had our work reality, our home reality, our recreational reality, our church or religious affiliation reality, our vacation reality, and many others.

All of these realities represented different aspects of our life that were separate from each other. After all, many times your spouse and children didn’t know who you interfaced with at work or even what you did all day. And the people at work didn’t know what you did on vacation or much about your home life or social activities.

Training Your Staff: Harness the Future of Training to Develop the Best Talent

JOver the next five years, how you train and educate your staff won’t just change; it’ll transform. What’s the difference? Changing means continuing to do essentially the same thing, only introducing some variation in degree. Transformation means doing something utterly and radically different. For example, moving our music from cassette tape to CD was simply a change. But going from a CD to having all your music in digital format on your smart phone and with you at all times was a transformation.

Exponential changes driven by processing power, storage, and bandwidth are now impacting how organizations need to train their workforce, and this transformation will certainly accelerate. The only question is whether your organization will take advantage of it.

Forget Lean and Agile – It’s Time to be Anticipatory

Business VisionWe are all good at reacting and responding, putting out fires, and crisis management. In addition, organizations large and small have learned how to be lean and agile, and how to best execute a strategy at a high level.

However, despite these skills, General Motors still declared bankruptcy, Blockbuster closed its last store, and Blackberry quickly moved from leading to bleeding. And let’s not forget Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Dell, and a host of other companies who failed to thrive despite its leaders and workers being constantly busy.

Trust Will Shape Your Company’s Future

thumbnailIn a world filled with uncertainty, you have to ask what you are certain about. The number one thing I’m certain about is that the future is all about relationships. If you want a positive future, then you need to have positive relationships with your employees and customers. And if you want positive relationships, you have to focus on the glue that holds a positive relationship together. What is that glue? It’s trust, which you earn through your values, such as honesty, integrity, delivering on promises, and so on. 

How to Transform Innovation ROI by Using the Science of Certainty to Accelerate Results

Guaranteed Likely Probable Certainty Measuring Confidence LevelWouldn’t it be great if you could predict the future—and be right? If you could conceptualize the next great innovative product and know it will be a wild success before you even make your prototype? If you could roll out the next innovative service or process without fear of it failing?

Well, you can predict the future accurately and be a great innovator. All you have to do is leave out the parts you could be wrong about.

Women Increasingly Shaping The Future Of Business

34d203bSince the dawn of human kind the business landscape was a man’s world. Times are changing! Today, women are wielding more and more power on both sides of the business transaction. First, let’s look at some facts from the consumer side. In family purchases that involve two adults (a woman and a man) women make: