During a recent scenario planning session, I was asked, one the scenarios were revealed, if that wasn’t enough. People now knew the future was uncertain, and couldn’t they just get on with creating their plans.
I begged the groups indulgence, as I believe that only by living through the scenarios, in a very visceral way, do you come to own the underlying logics of the future – and perhaps more importantly, feeling the discomfort of being confronted by that logic.
It is only when you face these ideas head on and incorporate the changes they make to you into your planning, do you gain the benefit. Scenarios aren’t just a tool for planning, they are a tool for changing the way people think about the future.