WHAT LIES AHEAD

Having grown up in Kansas, I can remember hot summer days with cloudless skies. Then, suddenly, the temperature would drop, and ominous clouds would build on the horizon. At the first sound of the tornado siren, we were already sheltering in the basement.

Most things in life, though, are rarely that visible or obvious. Sometimes there are signs, but they tend to be subtle—like a slight shift in the wind.

To anticipate, you must predict tomorrow, based on accurately perceiving the reality of today.

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THE FOUR QUALIFIERS: YOU CAN'T ANTICIPATE WITHOUT THEM

As with any topic in leadership, it starts with you—and anticipation is no exception. There are four qualifiers that you must possess before you can anticipate. Without addressing each one, you won't be able to predict unseen roadblocks or know when and how to brake, then accelerate out of the crisis curve.

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