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Transformation: The Longest Miles

I recently completed the Anchorage Marathon—the same place I completed my first marathon a decade ago. People think I’ve always been a runner. Not so. Actually, for most of my life I despised running. If we’re being honest here, I…

10 Ways To Create a Culture That Gives Back

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill   Charitable giving  is encoded in our DNA at Future State. Inspired by her own personal experience, founder, Meryl Natchez saw…

Yep, You Really Do Need To Keep People at the Center of Digital Transformation

I wonder what the Vegas odds are on how many jobs will be impacted by AI in the next decade. Expert predictions vary wildly but they all agree change is coming and in fact, it’s happening now and that companies must…

Standing Steady on Shifting Sands: The Future of Consultancy

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”  – Charles Darwin I recently read that BART, when it was originally built in…

How Can It Be June Already? PART 1: What to Consider In Your Mid-year Operating Review and 2018 Planning

My team and I have just begun our 2018 planning, and I know we are not alone. Just as we feel like we have finally gotten our 2017 projects and priorities off the ground, it is time to begin assessing…

Future State: Beyond the Check

Just about 1.5 years ago we became a certified B-Corp, demonstrating of commitment to 21st century principles of sustainability: Social Impact, Environmental Impact, Financial Impact. Since that time, we have continued to hone and refine our polices and processes to…

Meet the Panel: 6 Change Catalysts Adapting to Market Shifts

Embracing Change with Wisdom “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes…”[and change!] -Benjamin Franklin Adding to the ever-famous words attributed to Benjamin Franklin, we would argue that, along life’s short list of certainties, we…

Accelerating Change in Organizations

The Age of Disruption In the age of disruptive innovation, many established organizations are under increasing pressure not simply to compete but to survive. Existing multi-billion dollar industries are being radically recast by disruptive technologies while new industries are being created…

What Matters Most

Last week I had the honor of attending two extraordinary events and connecting with business leaders from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The first event was the Bay Area Council CEO Summit, a read out of findings from…

One Year In

Last week marked one year that I have been serving as CEO of Future State. It has been a significant year of rich and rewarding experiences for me, for my family, and for the team and customers of Future State. …