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Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible | [Daniel Burrus, John David Mann]

Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible

Today we all face more impossible challenges than ever before. But flash foresight lets you transform the impossible into the possible, revealing hidden opportunities and allowing you to solve your biggest problems before they happen.
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Today we all face more impossible challenges than ever before. But flash foresight lets you transform the impossible into the possible, revealing hidden opportunities and allowing you to solve your biggest problems before they happen.

Daniel Burrus is one of the world's leading forecasters, corporate strategists, and visionaries. Over the past quarter century, he has established a reputation worldwide for his exceptional record of accurately predicting the future of technological change and its direct impact on the business world.

"Wouldn't it be amazing if you could predict the future - and be right?" writes Burrus. "You can: all you have to do is leave out the parts you could be wrong about! And the amazing thing is, when you know where to look, there's more than enough you can be right about to make all the difference."

From small businesses to multinationals, individual careers to entire industries, Flash Foresight looks at how Burrus's seven radical flash foresight "triggers" have transformed dozens of careers, fortunes, and lives. Both engaging and enlightening, Flash Foresight provides an easy-to-implement blueprint for applying the same strategies to your own business, enabling you to see the invisible and do the impossible.

In the past, flash foresight was useful. Today, as the pace of technological change accelerates almost beyond the point of comprehension, it's an imperative.

©2011 Daniel Burrus (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 01-30-11
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Time Sensitive"

    Burrus and Mann set out to open the eyes of readers to how they might better see into and adapt to the future. They set out a set of seven principles in corresponding chapters to make their points. A beauty of the book is the writing and absolutely contemporary examples they provide. Though the examples will quickly become passé, the book will continue to be valuable. Essentially, they suggest that the basis for seeing into the future is to start with what is certain about the future. Verification of hard trends provides a framework to which statistical calculation of odds might be added. Subsequently, the authors reveal how we can leverage technology, skip over seemingly intractable problems, go in the opposite direction, leverage our unique strengths, and direct the future. I have been aware of these principles for some time, but Burrus and Mann give these approaches a new urgency and relevance. They provide a structure through which anyone can make better use of their talents, skills, and strengths. This book was an inspiration. The reading of William Dufris is just right for the text. Anyone can benefit from the work of Burrus and Mann.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Newton Allendale, NJ, United States 12-05-11
    Newton Allendale, NJ, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Powerful Flash foresight"

    I had to listen to this book twice. It gave me so many ideas! I find myself at various times, while jogging, stopping, recording the idea it gave me before continuing the book.

    If you are fascinated by technology, or want to know what the future holds technologically you need this book! This guy knows his stuff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 04-17-11
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "Very Interesting Concepts"

    This book really encompasses an entire way of thinking that is actionable. I'm not sure it will work every time or produce a "Eureka moment" for any of us, but it is very thought-provoking. Worth reading, for sure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Copenhagen SV, Denmark 04-12-11
    Marianne Copenhagen SV, Denmark 04-12-11 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Really good"

    This audiobook really seduced me and took away all my criticial thinking. It is definitely worth listening to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. A. Ireland Sydney, Australia 11-30-11
    R. A. Ireland Sydney, Australia 11-30-11 Listener Since 2004

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    "Its pretty obvious really"

    I just got a Flash Foresight ..... I'm wasting my time listening to this. Thats it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Business Mebane, NC, United States 04-28-13
    Business Mebane, NC, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pure torture"
    What disappointed you about Flash Foresight?

    Everything. I'm one of those people who can find value in almost any presentation and the narrator, the narrowness of the content and the pomposity of the authors got so far under my skin that I couldn't listen for more than 5 minutes at a time.It was all "how smart they are." After listening for about an hour (with my teeth gritted) I tried to skip around to see if I could find SOMETHING that had value to me and I couldn't.


    What could Daniel Burrus and John David Mann have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get over themselves.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    Never. His style amplified the self-aggrandizement of the authors.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate that I wasted a credit on this. It was like buying a meal at a restaurant and finding it to be totally inedible. Would love to have a refund.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-04-13

    ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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    I took a chance on Flash Foresight - the author and title were unknown to me and most unknown books earn their obscurity - but I gleaned some interesting insights from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Nebraska 08-09-12
    John Nebraska 08-09-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Profound in its simplicity"
    What made the experience of listening to Flash Foresight the most enjoyable?

    This book is a surprisingly good read. It lays out a solid methodology for identifying new business opportunities, which others have missed. It is simple and straight forward, but profound in its approach and clarity. While the author suffers from being somewhat of a "hype machine" in his other writings and website, this does not detract from the core of this book.

    Is it a timeless classic? No. The examples used in the book will become dated quickly over the next few years. However, it is definitely worth a read for anyone seeking to find new and innovative opportunities. I would have expected this book to become popular with the start up gurus of Silicon Valley, but it appears to have found very limited traction there.


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    watkins ardmore, OK, United States 07-23-11
    watkins ardmore, OK, United States 07-23-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible"

    Very good book to make you think outside the box. Some really good ideas come from this book. If you think you are a forward thinker try this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suber SEATTLE, WA, United States 01-24-11
    Suber SEATTLE, WA, United States 01-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "If you don't read this one; you're missing a lot."

    This is an amazing book! Its real 21st century book! at the end of every chapter, author gives you easy steps to put this "radical" ideas to work. Enjoy.

    Every thing else you read before; "forget it". Its 21st century, don't change; "transform"!

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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