Future-basing can help with creating a strong bond and sense of common purpose when teams envision high performance, outstanding results and encouraging feedback.
Helps teams design productive and efficient ways of working together, often resulting in very “loose” arrangements, distribution of responsibilities and sub- groupings.
It works well in designing how to conduct meetings, imagining meetings that are focused, well prepared, productive and brief.
Handling potentially “difficult” meetings, by Future-basing at the beginning of the meeting, outcomes that have satisfied all participants.
Enhances project planning by engaging all team stakeholders in specifying ideal outcomes to projects, and mapping back how they were achieved.
Encouraging individuals in conflict to imagine being able to move beyond what troubles them and to work or co-operate with mutual acknowledgement and respect.
This builds optimism and helps in bringing parties face-to-face. Helping stakeholders to imagine the experience of being able to co-operate, something people in conflict usually find impossible by other means.
Creating the kind of shared future that all stakeholders really wish they could sign up to.
Early Future-basing (envisioning) of project outcomes with all participants, “customers” and stakeholders creates stronger joint understanding, cements relationships that support collaboration through the life of the project, and can be valuable in building cohesion in project teams.
Future-basing methods dovetail easily with the phases of formal Project Management. High level scoping, and creation of work-breakdown structures equate with developing Headings or Success Categories. Scheduling methods can be enhanced by the Future-basing “Remembering Back” approach.
Resource estimation and risk analysis can be addressed with Future-basing’s Remembering Back and Reality Check procedures.
Future-basing applied to envisioning ideal outcomes at the beginning of each progress review keeps stakeholders solution-centred rather than problem-focused.
Some of the most outstanding results in the history of Future-basing have been achieved in coaching with individuals, partly due to the absence of depending on others to contribute to results.
Examples have included creating visions of work-life balance, future-career and lifestyle outcomes, results from studying or learning, achievements of specific projects and success with New Year Resolutions.
Future-basing can generate optimism and motivation in coaching for performance enhancement and personal development.
It can increase focus, clarity, courage and drive in Executive and Corporate Coaching.
Future-basing works for various aspects of planning in a business, including big picture vision building of business concepts, creating outcomes for sales and marketing, product and service development, business growth and advertising campaigns.
It lends itself effectively to workforce planning, succession planning, investment appraisal and evaluation of corporate training programmes.
It can be usefully applied to overall business planning, using success measures and existing business-based categories.
Negotiations have been considerably accelerated by having parties jointly imagine achieving mutually ideal outcomes, “remembering back” what they must have agreed and acknowledged in reaching their solutions. Example success Headings include “Joint Operations,” “Caveats,” “On-going Relationships,” “Financial Benefits,” “Development Activity.”
Visioning the success of its mission for the Partnership and its members is the primary way it has been applied, always generating a strong sense of common purpose and optimism.
Future-basing has created outcomes for specific projects within the remit of Partnerships.
It works well in building Partnership Agreements, establishing ground rules, operating structures and modus operandi.
Multi-agency Partnerships have created bids for funding using Future-basing to envision successful results, and by doing so have built the Partnerships them- selves.
Virtual Organisations have been formed using Future-basing to envision the results of successful functioning, and to cascade the vision through various specialist and functional teams.
Future-basing lends itself readily to involving stakeholders and those affected in the primary creation of a vision, or in the translation of a vision throughout the operating structures of an organisation.
Core decision makers can cascade corporate outcomes, encouraging each division or department to Future-base its part of the bigger picture, cascading involvement, understanding and sense of ownership at the same time.
Involving stakeholders in Future-basing re-structures in response to changing demands is an influential way to encourage participation.
Workforce Planning can be facilitated with Future-basing, once core demand issues are identified and used to formulate the Headings in the Future-basing process.
Envisioning and planning site and staff re-locations are eased by involving inter- ested parties in Future-basing the outcomes.
Future-basing applied to imagining the finished product, a system or procedure that works smoothly and efficiently, to the satisfaction of both operators and end users is effective, especially when members of each stakeholder group are engaged in the process. Typical Headings include, “Customer Satisfaction,” “Maintenance,” “Communication & Training,” “Teamwork,” “Compatibility.”
Future-basing can turn Problem-Solving into Solution-Seeking, converting the choice of action designed to get “away-from” the unwanted, into action oriented “towards” an ideal outcome. This can overcome the sliding-back tendency of “away-from” motivational force, as motivation to get away diminishes with distance from the “problem.”
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