March 2016 —

Bob Johansen, whose forecasting skills have helped some of the world’s most influential organizations thrive in rapidly changing times, will serve as the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL®) H. Smith Richardson Jr. Visiting Fellow in 2016.

Johansen currently serves as Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, a 48-year old Palo Alto, CA-based nonprofit research organization that he led as president from 1996 to 2004.

With more than 35 years of experience in forecasting future trends, Johansen continues to write, speak, and lead strategic workshops for top executives globally.

As the author or co-author of 9 books, Johansen teamed with CCL on the second edition of his groundbreaking book Leaders Make the Future: 10 New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World. CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan wrote the foreword for the book, which includes a CCL self-assessment and other original content.

“I’m focused on the ten-year future, seeking out and trying to understand the external forces that will be most disruptive to leaders,” Johansen says. “More importantly, I’m looking for early models of how leaders can thrive in this increasingly disruptive future.”

During his CCL fellowship, Johansen will be writing a new book on how next-generation leaders can thrive in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world. In his role as Visiting Fellow, Johansen will partner with CCL on a variety of initiatives focused on the future of leadership. Among them:

  • Workshops with CCL faculty as his new book takes shape;
  • A presentation for CCL’s board; and
  • Joint explorations of next generation leadership.

“Bob Johansen is a world-class forecaster who sees the future with tremendous intelligence, imagination, and accuracy,” CCL’s Ryan says. “We’re privileged to continue our fruitful partnership with him, and we look forward to exploring new ideas and offerings that will drive results for our clients.”

As the new Visiting Fellow, Johansen fills the post created in honor of the late H. Smith Richardson Jr., whose family founded CCL and who chaired CCL’s governing board for more than 25 years.

About Institute for the Future

The Institute for the Future (IFTF) is an independent, non-profit research organization based in Silicon Valley, California. Our mission is to help organizations, communities, and individuals think systematically about the future. IFTF has a 47-year track record of pioneering tools and methods for building foresight, and we are the world’s first and oldest organization dedicated to bringing the skills and benefits of future forecasting to the public.

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations, and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL has locations in countries worldwide.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
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