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Scanning Sprints - What's Next

Foresight is not about predicting the future, it's minimizing the surprise

Scanning Sprints Mission:  To spot and synthesize signals, forces, edges & surprises from an accelerating future


Formats:  Environmental Scanning & Force Mapping,  Early Signals & Trend Banks, Speculative & Omni Futures,  Critical Uncertainties and Wild Cards & Grey Swans 


Defined: Our Grey Swan Guild that birthed us in the midst of a pandemic (and its name itself) implies our ongoing discovery of wild cards, uncertainties, new avenues of pursuit, omnifutures and Grey Swans, it’s not just a discipline, it’s a passion of ours. Cygnus Scanning Sprints connect the dots to the future by identifying and unravelling uncertainties, diagnosing prospective challenges and Identifying strong & faint signals of change via presentation(s), workshop(s), signal scanning reports and narrative development.

The Cygnus Difference: 

  • Multidisciplinary - tackle the complexity of the future through tech, workplace, geo-politcial, econsomic, marketplace & cultural lenses

  • Awareness AND Action - develop literacy/fluency on future but also what it should mean for the now 

  • League of Global Sensemakers- leverage our standing panel of expert guides, futurists and foresight brokers

  • Omni futures - tap into our expert roster and topics from our monthly podcast

  • 1,000 Day Radar Intelligence - harness our massive exploration into our 2 1/2 year futures

Options:  Onboard a Scanning Sprint as a prelude to a Strategy or Innovation Sprint; Customer Scanning Sprint to  your Annual/Strategic Planning Effort

Driving "Scanning Sprint" Insight:: 

“Too much focus on short-term results can be devastating. Companies don't fail because they don't work hard or apply themselves, they often fail because they simply miss the future.”

Our Cygnus Thought Leaders Dominate and Master the Six Horsemen of the Future-lypse:

  • Anticipation of the Future (the blue horse)

  • Exploration of the Future (the green horse)

  • Consideration of the Future (the black horse)

  • Action/Reaction to the Future (the red horse)

  • Quantifying the Future (the magenta horse)

  • Sharing  the Future (the grey horse)

Biggest Turnoffs in Scanning the Future (we don't do these):

#1. Lack of Implications or Action Based on Foresights or Signals

#2. Derivative Mainstream Analysis, No Real Surprises or Magical Insights

#3 Horizon of Timespans is either Too Short or Too Long (or lacking altogether) for Project Purposes

#4. Uni-dimensional & Functional Bias to Future Perspectives

#5. Depth of Insight Lacking Within & Cross-Industry

#6. Generic, Sweeping Nature of Observations

For deeper thinking on scanning, read our 20 reasons why Futures and Foresight matter.

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Cygnus Sprints is your leading on-demand management consulting, strategic advisory and change navigation group designed for your complex and sped-up world.

Faster. Better. On-Demand. 

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