Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting
|Author||:||Steve Morlidge, Steve Player|
|Remarks||:||Exclusively distributed by Times Group Books|
This is a well-illustrated, non technical guide for managers which explains how to build or enhance their organisations' capability to anticipate and manage the future. It draws on scientific understanding of the processes we, as human beings, use to help us cope with the future and demonstrates how these techniques can be exploited to run businesses more effectively.
· Relating insights from biological and systems sciences and familiar situations in everyday life to the challenges faced by business in developing more effective management processes
· Demonstrating how to apply this knowledge practically
· The body of the book is written in a punchy and accessible style with plentiful illustrations, cases and examples...
· ...with optional 2018panels' for those with a need for more technical detail/explanation/different learning styles
· Easy links for readers interested in exploring deeper performance management topics e.g. Beyond Budgeting
Table of Figures.
SECTION 1 2018Why?'
· Chapter 1 Part 1 Why Change? Everyone Knows the Trouble I've Seen.
· Chapter 1 Part 2 Forecasting Disease, the Symptoms and the Remedy.
SECTION 2 Principles.
· Chapter 2 Mastering Purpose -- the Cassandra Paradox.
· Chapter 3 Mastering Time -- Delay and Decision.
· Chapter 4 Mastering Models: Mapping the Future.
· Chapter 5 Mastering Measurement -- Learning to Love Error.
· Chapter 6 Mastering Risks: How the Paranoid Survive.
SECTION 3 'Praxis'.
· Chapter 7 Mastering Process: The Mother of Good Fortune.
· Theme #1 Recipe for success: tips and traps.
· Theme #2 Coordination in a complex system: how different can we be?
· Theme #3 Whose job is it anyway? Roles and responsibilities.
SECTION 4 Transformation.
· Chapter 8 Implementation: Beginnings and Endings.
· Chapter 9 Beyond Forecasting: The Biggest Barrier.
· Chapter 10 Beyond Budgeting: A New Management Model?
· Chapter 11 Conclusion: Reconnection.
Appendix 1 -- Design Principles: A Summary.
Appendix 2 -- Important Concepts in Systems and Cybernetics.
· Business leaders needing to work out how to manage organisations in a turbulent environment e.g. CEO's
· Senior finance executives charged with the responsibility of producing reliable forecasts; e.g. CFO's
· Managers responsible for designing, implementing and running effective forecasting processes