Are You a Futurist?

February 22, 2024 | 483 Views

Are You a Futurist?

Damian Hanft

CHART President | Vice President, Talent Experience | Inspire Brands

If not, you probably should be. That’s because many of the traits of a successful futurist mirror those of someone that is successful in hospitality L&D. I recently heard a keynote by Jason Averbook, and he talked about the qualities of a futurist, which included things like inherent curiosity, adaption to change, and innovation. Can you think of someone successful in our space that doesn’t have these qualities?

A futurist is an individual who specializes in studying and predicting future trends, developments, and changes across various fields. Futurists use a combination of analytical skills, knowledge of current events, and an understanding of historical patterns to make informed predictions about what the future might hold. The goal is to anticipate and prepare for potential shifts in technology, society, economics, and other areas.

While you may not explicitly identify as a futurist, you probably naturally engage in futurist thinking. Part of being a futurist is identifying patterns. When you think back to training that has been successful, and times that it hasn’t been successful, I'm sure that you’re naturally thinking about commonalities and patterns in each. And, one of the great things about CHART is that you can pick up on larger patterns happening across the industry (think Ask My Peers or networking at a conference).

Speculating about potential future scenarios helps us make sense of why things worked (or didn’t work) and helps us understand how to adapt to change. I can think of many of my colleagues and CHART members that have used the power of networking to brainstorm about how to approach a challenge and scenarios to solve it. And, the resources of CHART help us and our teams to continue to innovate and bring value to our organizations.

So, are you a futurist? Thinking like a futurist will help you shape your training to be successful.

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