One of my memes on the web is “beyond the dashboard planner.” (I’m first in Google yet my goal is to be first with “beyond the dashboard.” So on I type.)
The planning and strategy business is parsed into 4 approaches. The biggest segment is the Rearview Mirror planner — those who look at what has gone before to help plan the future. The second segment is the Side View Mirror planner, who looks backward but also at the fast approaching from the rear. Think Anheuser Busch/InBev watching the smaller but quickly growing craft beer category. Then comes the fairly new school category called Dashboard planners. Those of the Moneyball or 538 Blog data jockey school. Viewers of “the data and nothing but the data.”
Beyond the Dashboard planners look back. They also at the fast approaching and statistical. But then they do something smart with the learning. They think primarily about the future. That dark-bright place where nobody’s ever been. Yes, it’s scary. But, oh so human. It’s where all the big whooshes in business are born.
Every big brand needs a beyond the dashboard planner.