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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a first-rate primer on scenario planning, 22 May 2012
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Iris Klimczuk (Santa Fe, NM) - See all my reviews
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This new (and visually striking) book fills a big gap in the marketplace -- in fact, it's now the must-read primer for anyone interested in scenario planning. Until now, books on this subject were either very dry and academic, or fluffy 'futurist' works. Where, I wondered, was the basic (but comprehensive) introduction and 'how to' guide to the field? Well, I'm delighted to say this author has filled the gap with a lushly illustrated work that uses visuals explain the 'how and why' of scenarios, and how to apply them for a wide variety of business, government, and non-profit purposes. Nicely weaved into the book are the author's own views on eleven key trends shaping the future. Bravo! Maybe we can all see the future a bit more clearly now...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This easy and informative read will prove enjoyable and worthwhile., 4 Oct 2013
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Laurence Dann "LD strategy" (Hampshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This book approaches Scenario Planning in a relaxed manner and explains
how simple and useful the process can be made to be. The Writer uses many
practical examples and at no stage does one feel lost either in translation
or jargon. The narrative includes a decent framework and relevant anecdotes.

While I never felt that I read anything that wasn't common sense, revolutionary
or new - I did feel that this was the books strength. The Writer shows us that
by telling sensible stories we can help prepare ourselves for the future.
He does have the ability to simplify the steps and at the same time, add a few
great nuggets to take away.

My only criticism is that my Kindle version of the book has no bibliography.
I hesitantly accept this and understand that he may be writing the book from
experience and memory. This is credible if true. Yet, I do feel there are
instances when citations would have enhanced the reader's perspective.
However, no matter how many scenario sessions the reader has facilitated or
attended, I would argue that this easy and informative read will prove
enjoyable and worthwhile. Well done Woody.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challange your Mind set, the future is different and you need to be open to change and influence it., 27 Jan 2013
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Great read, it has the power to challange the way you approach your future and those that rely on you to inspire ..... do it now buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable and practical: an excellent "how-to" guidebook, 23 Sep 2012
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There must be dozens of books on scenario planning on the market. Before discovering this one, I had bought and read (or tried to read) 5 or 6 of these books, and found them uniformly dry, academic, heavy-going... boring. Wade's book is different. It is easily the most readable of the ones I have dipped into, and it is also, without a doubt, the one with the best design, which makes the book a pleasure to read as well as facilitating your ability to understand how scenario planning works.

However, in my view its ultimate value is its clarity. First, its step-by-step description of how to implement a scenario planning process is very helpful and would give beginners enough confidence to try it. Second, it provides clear and convincing argumentation for WHY an organisation should think in terms of scenarios. If you are the head of a company and read Wade's reasoning for introducing this way of thinking/planning into your firm, you would be hard-pressed to find any decent arguments for ignoring the technique and simply pressing ahead with the forecasts that you believe (or hope?) will turn out to be right. Scenario planning is about visualising the future so you are not taken by surprise when things turn out the way they do. After reading Wade's book, you will surely realise that by NOT introducing scenario thinking into your company, you are practically condemning it to exactly that fate: being taken by surprise.

So if you are responsible for your organisation's long-term viability, this is the best overview and "how-to" primer out there. Start here... it is a quick and even light-hearted read... and then you can "graduate" to the boring academic tomes if you are so inclined.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What if...? A practical handbook to help you visualize future scenarios, 18 Sep 2012
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This book was a joy to read - it is not only visually very attractive and truly entertaining in terms of content, above all it is a genuinely practical handbook on how to conduct a scenario planning exercise. This book stimulates out-of-the-box thinking - something that is particularly helpful for traditional sectors (for example higher education and the hospitality industry) which are generally not known for their eagerness to change or innovate. A must-read for anyone embarking on or involved with strategic planning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, creative and practical way to do scenario planning, 11 Sep 2012
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If you have avoided thinking about or `predicting' the future because it seemed to be an insurmountable task, the process was boring and arduous or you thought that this was something only for big consulting companies, well think again. This book Scenario Planning: A Field Guide to the Future is a practical and fun guide or companion to walk you through your planning process. It can be used by individuals for personal scenario planning e.g. life and career goals and by both small companies and large corporations for business planning. In fact, anyone that wants to be ahead of the game in whatever context 10 years from now should get this book.

It is fun and easy to read, well-illustrated, has a range of practical examples and takes you through a structured process to create possible scenarios.
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