Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future
The author or co-author of eight books, Bob is a frequent keynote speaker for large groups. His best-selling Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present was selected as one of the top business books of 2007. His latest book is The Reciprocity Advantage: A New Way to Partner for Innovation and Growth, co-authored with Karl Ronn. Bob’s Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Age, with contributions by the Center for Creative Leadership, was named by Connect Consulting Group as the best business book of 2012 related to change management and leadership. Bob has done workshops based on his books at a wide range of corporations, including Kellogg’s, Disney, Intel, Walmart, Syngenta, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, and McDonald’s. Major universities, nonprofits, and churches also use his books. In 2016, Bob was named the H. Smith Richardson Jr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Bob began working with IFTF in 1973 and holds a BS from the University of Illinois, an MDiv from Crozer Theological Seminary (where Martin Luther King, Jr., attended divinity school), and a PhD in sociology of religion from Northwestern University