Future Friday: Quick lessons from Quotes

MP900387785[1]I am waxing philosophical today. There are lessons we can learn about how to deal with the future from others who have addressed the subject.

Moving beyond the past

A favorite author of mine, Denis Waitley, says:

Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.

Human Resources professionals are too often accused of living in the past and paying attention only to it. Perhaps that leads to the opinion often expressed by others about HR.

The importance of the human component

I have written many times about the importance of keeping “the human” in our jobs. No reason can be better than the sentiment expressed by General Omar Bradley:

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.


I give a presentation on Seven Steps to becoming a practical HR futurist. In that presentation I teach how HR professionals can do just what Antoine De Saint-Exupery, a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator, said:

As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.

I will be presenting this at the Illinois SHRM conference the first week of August if you are interested.

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