Once upon a time, computers were revered. Or hated. Bigger than a pick-up truck, sitting in an air-conditioned room and supported by a team of workers. And now? The Computer is life. The computer is everywhere, it's in everyone's palm and embedded in their consciousness.
The Forward View is a sweep through the schedule. Up mountain, down valley and across river-bed. It is surveying the terrain to ensure there are no surprises. As the forward view is made through the next few weeks and possibly months of the diary, we make note of actions we need to put into place. As we now increasingly plan our diary through the tiniest of screens and increasingly driven by what is happening over the next few days, the Forward View is more critical than ever.
It's fashionable to talk about ideas, creativity, innovation, thinking outside the box etc as a route to success. And it's correct of course. But it needs to be based on knowledge. Super stars such as Branson, McCartney and Jobs have and had the knowledge with which to do great things. It's difficult to think outside the box if you don't even know where the box is . Or worse there's nothing in it anyway. Read, grab every decent training course you can and learn. Get damned good at a few things. And then a lot of things.
How many business books could you read this week?
How much did you spend on your personal development this year?