I've been a founder, and both an operative and visionary officer. I may be again. When advising CEOs and executives, I see and hear the way their world could work. I've found my greatest contributions and clarity come as a strategist.
My advisement lives in a sweet spot between two places:
1) enough knowledge to understand an executive and their company and
2) enough distance to keep a clear, objective read on the rest of the world
Our latest era of rapid change requires constant awareness and prediction. Tremendous new data feeds AI, building data refineries in the process, to informs new philosophy.
Building a business and developing technology in the relentless pace of the New Economy takes constant iteration of vision and strategy - and translation of it all to those who need to hear it.
A practical futurist uses the output signals of the world's data refineries to predict in sci-fi terms first, and then converts those predictions into real-world strategy.
The world is small and endless. This dualism is worth exploring. I find it hard to sit still. My greatest learning happens when I hit the road, call upon my digital nomad skills, and then return to New Mexico to execute, build, and prepare for the next adventure.