Insights · March 14th, 2023

What are you doing as a leader to make your organization better in the future? To continuously improve and innovate your organization, you have to explore futures thinking which is about challenging or augmenting your vision.

In this episode of the Inspirational Leadership podcast, I speak with Nikolas Badminton, a world-renowned futurist speaker and foresight thought leader who mentors leaders to create more connected, curious, and creative teams that embrace futures design to drive more profit and explosive growth. He has spent 30+ years working with leadership at over 300 leading organizations at the frontline of foresight, strategy, and disruption – including NASA, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, Intel, WM, United Way, Bayer, Bank of Canada, Rolls Royce, Procter & Gamble, IDEO, UK Home Office and many more.

Listen in to learn why you have to shift your mindset from what is to what if by practicing curiosity, courage, and creativity in your organization. You will also learn the importance of letting go of your biases to build trust and empower people to invest in their mental well-being.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to shift your mindset from what is to what if by practicing curiosity, courage, and creativity.
  • The importance of thinking beyond your lifetime and how you can create a better world for generations to come.
  • How to create a people-first organization by making sustainable and ethical decisions.
  • How to let go of your biases to build trust and empower your people.

What You Will Learn in This Episode:

  • [3:38] Nikolas explains his interest in technology and science and how he got into futures work.
  • [6:29] The business skills organizations need to develop to shape future opportunities.
  • [8:09] The importance of exploring individual futures thinking to improve your organization.
  • [14:17] He explains his excitement about the new ways of work and opportunities that exist in the future.
  • [22:03] Why we have to understand our impact on the planet and step up with true responsibility.
  • [24:13] How to engage everyone to have difficult conversations and actually listen to them.
  • [27:50] Why you have to break through your biases to build trust and empower your people.
  • [33:39] Futurism is activism – how to be an activist, listen to people, and change their minds about the future.

Watch the full interview here.

Standout Quotes:

“We have to think way beyond our lifetime, and beyond the lifetime of our children, how we can create a better world today that’s going to still be here in hundreds of years.”

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“Anxiety and pressure are not fuel for creativity and business.

Nikolas Badminton

This was originally shared on Kristen Harcourt’s website.

About Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton is the Chief Futurist at He’s a world-renowned futurist speaker, consultant, author media producer, and executive advisor that has spoken to, and worked with, over 300 of the world’s most impactful organizations and governments. He helps shape the visions that shape impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies, progressive governments, and 200+ billion dollar investment funds.

The #1 Best Selling Book – ‘Facing Our Futures: How Foresight, Futures Design and Strategy Creates Prosperity and Growth’ at AmazonBloomsburyBarnes and Noble and other fine purveyors of books. We’s also love it if you considered visiting and ordering from your local, independent book store as well.

Please contact futurist speaker and consultant Nikolas Badminton to discuss your engagement or event.

Facing Our Futures
Nikolas Badminton – Chief Futurist

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

Contact Nikolas