John Naisbitt (b January 15, 1929) is an American author and public speaker in the area of futures studies and author of Megatrends (1982). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
Almost all change is evolutionary, not revolutionary... expectations always travel at higher speeds.
Don't get so far in front of the parade that no one knows you're in the parade.
In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.
In the stream of time, the future is always with us.
In their search for quality, people seem to be looking for permanency in a time of change.
Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.
It is in the nature of human beings to bend information in the direction of desired conclusions.
Lawyers are like beavers: They get in the mainstream and dam it up.
Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.
Most change is not in what we do, but how we do it.
Strategic planning is worthless- unless there is first a strategic vision.
The most reliable way to forecast the future is to try to understand the present.
The new leader is a facilitator, not an order giver.
The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.
Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going.
Value is what people are willing to pay for it.
We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.
We blur the distinction between real and fake.
We favor the quick fix, from religion to nutrition.
We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource (information) that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.
We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human race.