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#43 Make sure that you work on something that’s really energizing you – Pero Mićić

Prof. Dr. Pero Mićić is the founder and CEO of the Future Management Group.
In 1991, he founded the first private company for future management in the German-speaking world, today called FutureManagementGroup AG.
Since that time, Pero Mićić and his team have successfully completed hundreds of projects with the world’s leading and innovative companies, but also with public organizations such as the Bundeskriminalamt (German Federal Police). New products, new businesses and industries, new solutions and sustainable strategies — these are the answers to the pivotal question: “What will we live on in the future?”

Insights:

• Understanding what is future
• The five glasses of future
• What motivated Pero Mićić to focus on the future?
• How often should we think of the future?
• Do we need time frames when it comes to thinking of the future?
• Defining impossible
• How companies think of the future
• What method does Pero Mićić employ use to help his clients to help them succeed?
• Recommendation for a person who has been in one job for 20 years.
• Books to read
• What would Pero Mićić say to his 18 years old self

Key Discussion Points:

[0:21] What is the future for Pero Mićić?

[0:50] The five future glasses

[1:17] What motivated Dr. Pero Mićić to focus on the future?

[2:39] How often should we think of the future?

[3:35] Do we need time frames when it comes to thinking of the future?

[6:54] The different ways of looking at future

[17:19] Do companies get it right or wrong when looking at the future?

[20:11] Companies that have successfully implemented Pero Mićić method

[23:22] What method does Pero Mićić use on his customers to help them succeed?

[29:54] What would Pero Mićić recommend to a person who has been in the same job for over 20 years to do?

[38:04] What books does Pero Mićić endorse, and why does he recommend them?

[45:45] Taken back in time, what would Pero Mićić say to his 18 years old self?

Interesting Quotes:

“Do what seems to be the best thing that you found. Do not wait for the optimal thing.”

“Make sure that you can see your future self.”

“Make sure that you work on something that’s really that’s really energizing you.”

“If you really think through the concept of surprise, then there is no time horizon.”

“You can change the weather, but you cannot change the streams, and you cannot change the wind. What you can do is make assumptions about them”

“The different time horizons are a good way to prioritize what you think and work on.”

Book Recommendations:

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Daniel Goleman
Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life – Anthony Robbins
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones – James Clear

Web Recommendations:

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
The 5 Futures Glasses

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