Future Orientation means focusing on potentials and opportunities and driving change for the better. Taking a stance for shaping the future - individually and collectively - requires going beyond problem analysis or complaints. Jointly clarifying goals and developing a vision together goes a long way in invigorating the human potential to venture into a future many can own. Staying open to emergent opportunities complements the pathways to co-created change.
Entrepreneurial spirit; drive; glass half full attitude; opportunity spotting; possibility-seeking; positive future outlook; focus on potential; solution-orientation; clear vision; goal setting; passion for change; inspiration by greater cause; attitude of continuous improvement; willingness to lead; openness to emergent change; effectuation
Empowerment is an important prerequisite for creating the world we want. Our own empowerment and the empowerment of others belong together in strengthening pathways to sustainability. It leads to self-reliant and self-organized individual and collective action towards shaping a world that works for all. Strengthening weaker stakeholder groups is crucial to accelerate change. Distributing responsibility enhances ownership for advancing a joint vision.
Inspiring self and others; awakening others’ passion for change; shifting mind-sets; building capacity; self-reliance; self-efficacy; self-responsibility; affirmative thinking; enhancing self-organization; capacitation; delegation of responsibilities
Decisiveness is the road to making a different future happen. Human beings thrive on putting insights into action, both individually and collectively. The route to improving our rate of return for action decisions is focus. It is the guiding support that helps us cut through complexity. Measuring progress supports the competency to lead transformative change collectively. Patience and persistence go a long way to achieving goals.
Taking a stance; following-through; setting priorities; getting things done attitude; thorough planning; high quality project management; target-orientation; discipline; reliability; accountability; measurement of progress; commitment; willingness to manage; clarity of focus; patience; persistence; decision-making
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