Anticipatory management is the ability of leaders to foresee and adapt to changing environmental conditions. Such changes can be as significant as major regulatory changes or as tactical as transitioning assignments when a team member is leaving. This skill requires a structured approach to identifying and managing situational shifts, emergent or actual.
Here are 2 tips for building your skills in anticipatory management:
- Monitor Frequently. Whether it is a "planned exercise" or something that flows from a monitoring activity, create and communicate a process for spotting changes on the horizon.
- Plan Ahead. Once an alteration is observed, it helps to have a process for assessing, escalating and responding to this alteration. Clearly outline a reaction protocol and work with your team to assign responsibilities for damage control. This helps to minimize the negative impact of the change and fosters a shared sense of accountability.