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Cheryl Cran

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Predict The Future By Leveraging Patterns

October 6, 2019

There is no crystal ball but there’s a secret that innovators know – you can predict the future by leveraging patterns.

It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “the best way to predict the future is to create it”. At NextMapping we help you predict the future by leveraging patterns.

In my book, “NextMapping – Anticipate, Navigate and Create The Future of Work” in Chapter Two the PREDICT model is used to help people to anticipate and navigate the future.

The PREDICT model stands for:







When you look at the evolution of your own personal life or your professional life you can see how patterns have influenced the life you are living right now.

The importance of pattern recognition is multi-layered – you can elevate pattern recognition for your own future planning. You can elevate pattern recognition for the innovation of existing products or services. You can elevate pattern recognition to steer strategic planning.

Innovators like Jobs or Musk or Oprah have been able to create cultural phenomena by leveraging patterns. Apple continues to be ahead of creating what we need before we know we need it by planning based on patterns of both technological innovation and trends in people’s usage of technology.

Musk saw the pattern of future energy along with global concern for the environment to lead to the creation of Tesla. Oprah, of course, had her talk show, then her production company and now her deal with Apple and Prince Harry to create content on mental well being. She has always been in tune with where people are and she creates the future she envisions based on patterns of human behavior.

On my You Tube channel I share this video on Pattern Recognition – enjoy it!

Some questions to consider to predict the future by leveraging patterns:

What are the patterns in my own life that led me to the life I have now?

What are the patterns in my learning that will create my future?

What are the patterns and trends happening in human behaviors that we can use to innovate our products and services?

We are launching the 2nd edition of “NextMapping – Anticipate, Navigate and Create The Future of Work” along with a companion workbook in early 2020. The workbook provides further questions and process to help you to leverage pattern recognition to create the future.