How to Forecast Future Scenarios with Charlotte Kemp | POP 802

A photo of Charlotte Kemp is captured. She is a futurist keynote speaker and podcast host. Charlotte is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Does future change make you uncomfortable? How can futures planning offer you more agency? Is there a way to get your team on board with your plans?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok interviews Charlotte Kemp about the advantages of futures planning.

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Meet Charlotte Kemp

A photo of Charlotte Kemp is captured. She is a futurist keynote speaker and podcast host. Charlotte is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Charlotte Kemp is the Futures Alchemist, a futurist keynote speaker. She is the Immediate Past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA), and the Vice President of the Global Speakers Federation. She is also the author of a number of books, including ‘Futures Alchemist’.
For research and insight, Charlotte hosts a podcast series called ‘Futures Facets’ and interviews people around the world to gain an understanding of how we see the future from our different points of view.

Visit Charlotte Kemp’s Website, The Future’s Alchemist, and connect on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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In This Podcast

  • What is Futures Planning?
  • The Four-Step Futures Plan
  • How to Notice and Respond to Trends
  • Helping Your Team Manage Change
  • Charlotte Kemp’s advice to private practitioners

What is Futures Planning?

It’s about creating the mindset that prepares us to anticipate the different ways we can go.

Charlotte Kemp

A futurist looks at models to anticipate the future. It’s important to realize that multiple futures are possible, depending on how you prepare for the future.

Futures planning is about developing the skillset which allows you to plan and anticipate the future based on your current business model.

The Four-Step Futures Plan

  • Gather Intelligence: What are the trends in your particular sector? What is happening in the lives of your clients?
  • Manage Change: Change is a constant – the trick is learning how to manage it. Lean into change to find the best approach to managing it.

Whether it is driven from within us out so that we are causing the change or whether we feel that change is being imposed on us – that kind of attitude towards change is really vital.”

Charlotte Kemp
  • Describe the future: This is where you look at possible scenarios and envision what might happen.
  • Test Your Strategy: This is where you assess whether the systems or plan you’ve put in place is achieving the goals you’ve set out.

How to Notice and Respond to Trends

Start online, and research the particular trends within your industry or the part of the world that you are in.

It’s important to remember that just because everyone says something is a new trend, it does not mean that you have to follow it. Sometimes breaking from a trend can create its own opportunity.

When we look at trends we want to see if everybody is doing this… does it work for us or doesn’t it? A lot of practices might be going online or doing virtual work… and maybe that doesn’t work for you?

Charlotte Kemp

You can always establish a counter-trend and be individualistic in your work. However, you can only really do this once you know what is happening in your industry.

Helping Your Team Manage Change

  • Have a clear and inclusive future plan. The more structured your plan, the more accessible it will be to others.

Many people are explorers. They’re willing to be led into the future if there is a brave sole to guide them.

Charlotte Kemp
  • Don’t impose change on others because we don’t like change being imposed on us. Instead, invite people to co-create change with you.
  • Accept change. Oftentimes our future goal is exciting, but the hard work required to get there is so daunting that we abandon our goal. The first step to achieving your goal is reaching a place of acceptance about what needs to be done.

Charlotte Kemp’s advice to private practitioners

The more you talk about and own your future, the more agency you will have, and the better future you will create.

Books mentioned in this episode:

BOOK | Charlotte Kemp – Futures Alchemist

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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