How Does a Futurist See the Future: 4 Questions You Need to Know

Jacob Morgan
3 min readNov 23, 2022

One of the most important skills you can have as a leader is to think like a futurist.

A futurist doesn’t have magical powers to predict the future. But they can make sure we’re not surprised by what the future might bring.

The world of work is changing rapidly, and the pace of change will only continue to increase. Knowing what could be coming down the pipeline and how it may affect your company is crucial to surviving and thriving.

Being a futurist is like being a chess player. When I make a move in chess, I’m already thinking of how my opponent will respond and how I will handle different moves. I’m not predicting their moves, but I’m thinking through various scenarios about how I’ll respond.

Here are four questions to ask yourself to think like a futurist as you make decisions:

  1. Why might something happen? Think about the factors that could cause something to become a reality.
  2. What else might happen? Consider the other possibilities if your first option doesn’t come true.
  3. What factors will influence or impact why something will or won’t happen? This could include funding, regulations, decisions from others, changes to the market, and many other factors.
  4. What do you want to actually happen? This is the most important question. We assume the future happens to us, but it is actually something we create. Consider the outcomes and future you want, and then work to make it a reality.

These four questions can help you think like a leader and consider your priorities and investments moving forward. The future is right around the corner, and we have the power to be prepared and shape it into what we want it to be.

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Jacob Morgan

4x Best-Selling Author, Speaker, & Futurist. Founder of Exploring Leadership, Employee Experience, & The Future of Work