How good are we at spotting trends? There are so many new things being developed that it’s easy to get caught up in the really neat and miss the things that will actually affect us.
I saw this post at TTW and it got me thinking about how we look to the future. Do we react? Do we have people who can spot the trends? Are we slow to acknowledge, accept and encorporate positive trends into how we run our libraries? I have no answers but loads of questions.
- First of all, make sure you acquire a point of view about the world around you.
- Crucial to broadening your point of view: be curious and be open minded.
- Also realize that you are not necessarily your customer: your professional interests should be broader than your personal interests.
- Stop being ‘just’ a specialist and aim to become a generalist.
A much more detailed description of how to cultivate the skill of trendspotting can be found here. Something worth looking into.