Author to help nonprofit leaders prepare for uncertain future

Bob Johansen

Bob Johansen

Thursday, March 8, 7:30 a.m., Cintas Center

Futurist Bob Johansen predicts leaders will face an increasingly “complex, messy and threatening” future, and he is coming to Cincinnati to help them prepare for those challenges.

Johansen, a distinguished fellow with the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley, will deliver the keynote address and conduct a workshop at Securing the Future, a conference run by the Leadership Council for Nonprofits.

This year, the topic is “Foresight-Insight-Action: Thriving in a Disruptive World.” The main part of the event runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Johansen’s optional luncheon workshop begins at 12:15 p.m.

“We all want to ensure the sustainability of the organizations we lead,” said Jenny Berg, executive director of the Leadership Council. “Bob can help. He will provoke, stimulate, inspire and motivate us to gain a broader understanding of the future so we can secure the futures of the organizations we serve.”

Drawing from his 10th book, “The New Leadership Literacies,” Johansen will provide his forecast for the coming decade and offer new approaches for leaders to address the massive global disruptions he predicts. One of his major forecasts is that organizations and their workforces will become “radically” decentralized.

“Firm structures will give way to shape-shifting organizational forms that function like organisms” -Bob Johansen

“Firm structures will give way to shape-shifting organizational forms that function like organisms,” he wrote.

Johansen has conducted workshops for universities, nonprofits, churches and corporations, including Procter & Gamble.

“Always thought-provoking, Bob makes us stop and consider whether we are doing enough to develop leaders to stay in tune with the ways business and the world around us are changing,” said Laura Mattimore, P&G’s vice president for global talent.

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