The real-time strategy guide for when uncertainty is the only certain thing

The biggest enemies of good decision-making in times of deep crisis, like COVID 19,  are neither uncertainty nor ambiguity; they are over-confidence, procrastination, and incomplete or biased data.

Real Time Strategy helps the reader to embrace the uncertainty in the environment and focus on the most relevant) developments to define future pictures of plausible end-states. Scenario planning, supported by artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that can help decision makers to map, monitor, and navigate uncertainty. It can give decision makers the decisive indication of which scenario is actually developing - and above all, why

Whoever holds this information in his hands first can make strategic decisions before anyone else and navigate safely through uncertain times. With the authors being Deloitte strategiests, it really give some full industry knowledge in this time. 

In today's turbulent world, leaders struggle to make good long-term decisions. There is simply too much volatility, too much complexity, too much fake news, and too little time to make sense of all the information that is at our fingertips. We are drowning in data, surrounded by uncertainty and thus live in a world that lacks clarity. 

Moving away from the static thinking of many strategists, Real Time Strategy, written by three expert authors from Deloitte, updates and upholds the importance of scenario design and thinking in the face of uncertainty. The authors investigate the journey of the art and science of scenario thinking, from its beginnings in the military to becoming a part of the mainstream strategy toolkit in the business world. Delving into the new frontiers of scenario thinking and planning, the book explores:

  • Human intuition 
  • The analysis and reflection process 
  • Hybrid decision platforms 
  • Social media sensing 
  • Artificial Intelligence. 

Combining classical scenario thinking (the gentle art of perception) with the analytical power of big data and artificial intelligence, Real Time Strategy presents the decision making of the future which enables decision makers to develop dynamic strategies, monitor their validity, and react faster.

Andreas Schühly is a strategist at Deloitte. As a true digital native, he has gained years of experience in the practice of scenario planning. He is also a scholar on the cultural aspects of strategic management and scenario planning. 

Frank Becker is a strategist and complexity scientist at Deloitte. He leads the innovation for a major Artificial Intelligence platform, where he combines deep technical expertise with the problem-solving mindset of a strategist.

Florian Klein is a corporate strategist and futures thinker at Deloitte. He founded the Center for the Long View and works with senior decision makers of global corporations and governments on the creation of robust strategies today, in light of an uncertain tomorrow.