Untame Your Future

Wild Innovation is busy! This is an exciting time in the history (and future) of our business. Like many businesses, COVID presented us with a number of challenges. Now, we are seeing a lot of interest from organizations and individuals who want to take charge of their futures.

Workshops and presentations are filling up fast! I am excited about returning to the the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy next week to lead a workshop on strategic foresight and leadership. In two weeks, I am presenting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is doing some amazing work with strategic foresight and invited me to discuss strategic foresight as a core leadership competency. I am both grateful and thrilled to be part of their strategic foresight efforts! We are also working with several clients who are shaping the future of industries like industrial hemp and food production (more on those engagements later).

If you feel uncertain about the future, you are not alone. There is a lot of uncertainty in the world. Clients come to us because they want to create a clear vision and take the right actions to achieve their desired futures. Futures Coaching is designed to help clients untame their futures while creating more certainty. How? Wild Innovation combines strategic foresight with neuroscience and coaching. We use this unique approach to help individuals and organizations move forward with the direction and energy they need to achieve their desired futures.

Not sure if Futures Coaching is for you? Simply use the Calendly feature below to learn more about Futures Coaching. Times are very limited due to the current client load, so schedule your Futures Coaching Convo today!

Go Wild & Schedule Your Session Now. I look forward to “seeing” you!!


The Future of Shoes is Here!

If you have ever watched a child put on shoes, you can totally relate to the invention of kizik shoes!

I have two kids, and one of them completely wears his shoes out in a few months. He never ties them, so the back of the shoes takes a beating. Our son is busy and active, which is great. But, he now wears men-sized shoes – and they are too expensive to last only a few months!!

Enter kizik shoes. These innovative shoes really solved a HUGE problem! They slip on with a no-touch design. Kiziks are a bit pricey. However, I am thinking about trying them to see if they have lasting power vs. my busy son. I can also see where these would be great for anyone who has a difficult time bending over to put on shoes!

Have any of you tried kizik shoes? If so, let us know how they worked for you!

Go Wild with Innovation!

Try Free Futures Coaching!

Futures Coaching was created because we noticed our clients struggling with designing and implementing clear paths to move them forward. We had to find a new way to help. So, we combined our superpowers of strategic foresight, neuroscience, and coaching to create – Futures Coaching!

In major times of upheaval, it can be difficult to move forward. We tend to get stuck in our heads and continue our negative patterns. Research shows us the importance of getting help when navigating uncertain times.

To see if Futures Coaching is a good fit for you, spend 30 minutes with Dr. Connie clarifying and untaming your desired future. These introductory sessions are designed to provide you with the time and space to focus on you and your future.

Click here to schedule your free futures coaching convo:



Benefits of Futures Coaching

  • Get laser-focused on who you are and what you want
  • Create a plan to move you forward, as well as the habits that will get you there
  • Remove mental roadblocks and limiting beliefs
  • Let go of the negative thoughts, emotions and patterns that are holding you back
  • Learn how to become more positive in the present to create a more prosperous future
  • Decrease stress and increase well-being
  • Look and feel better
  • Enjoy a better relationship with yourself and with others
  • Make more money
  • Have more fun! (Yes, it is possible to enjoy life!!)

Futures Coaching Works!

Working with Dr. Connie was certainly transformational and one of the best decisions I made to energize my career!”

-Tracy B.

If you are like the millions of leaders and professionals thinking about making a change, but you are not quite clear on which path to take – then give me 30 minutes of your precious time. I am committed to helping you take a step forward in creating your desired future!

Start untaming your future (for free) today!

An Aging Nation

There is opportunity in the Longevity Economy. By 2035, adults will outnumber children for the first time in history. The economic contributions of this age group is set to balloon to $28.2 trillion by 2050. Further, the wants and needs of consumers and producers in this age group are definitely evolving.

What is the Longevity Economy?

According to the AARP, the Longevity Economy describes the economic contributions of Americans over the age of 50. These contributions include employment, volunteering, business ownership, family care, etc.

As the nation continues to recover from the pandemic, older Americans must must be included in the solutions. Venture Capitalists are investing in this space, and Americans are redefining what it means to age. Opportunities will continue to grow in the Longevity Economy.

What opportunities do you think exist in the Longevity Economy?

Looking forward to hearing your WILD ideas! Please share them below!!

Time to Chart a New Course?

Create a Futures Capsule!

The How to Create a Futures Capsule course has blasted off and is in full growth mode!  This FREE course is for you if:


  • You are a high-achieving leader who is ready to get to the next level – but need clarity on what that really means
  • You are in a time of transition and lack a sense of direction but want something “more” that you can’t quite grasp or understand
  • You feel hopeless, lost, or unsure about where you are going and why you are currently doing what you are doing – even if you just keep doing it
  • You are bored, disengaged and uninterested in your current career, business endeavor, romantic relationship, or even life in general
  • You are challenged by work-life balance and want to get your life back 
  • You have a sense of unease because you “aren’t getting any younger” and feel that you are running out of time to do, be and accomplish all you desire out of this lifetime

How to Create a Futures Capsule is designed to help you figure out what Mini-Moonshots you want to experience in the future while also helping you focus on what you truly value in work and in life.  This process of dreaming, deciding, and doing provides you with direction as well as the focus, confidence, and excitement you need to make your future a reality.

Best of all?  You will HAVE FUN while creating your desired future!

Several students have emailed me about their Mini-Moonshots over the next four years.  They gave me permission to share, so I wanted to send a note celebrating their progress.  Mini-Moonshots include:

Taking a Trip to Paris

Starting a Business

Running a Marathon

Treating Myself to an Annual Spa Day

Adding “Me Time” to My Calendar Each Week

Congratulations to all of the students who have completed their Futures Capsules!!   

One student shared this with me:

I’m in a very transitional time in my life due to personal circumstances and know I need to be dreaming and setting a new course for the future. This gives me a concrete tool to use. 

-Susan

If you are ready to create a roadmap of your future, enroll in How to Create a Futures Capsule for FREE! All you need to do is click here and enroll: https://tinyurl.com/FuturesCapsule

It’s Time to Untame Your Future!

-Dr. Connie

Untame Your Year: Future Story 2022

Did you set some goals or intentions for 2022? Or, maybe you chose a word or phrase to help you focus this year. Maybe you didn’t do any of it because you feel stuck or just didn’t feel like it.  Remember, being an adult doesn’t need to be boring — and neither does this process!

Our beliefs are powerful, and the life story that plays over and over in our heads dictates our actions. So, writing your ideal story is a great way to change your beliefs and behaviors while also uncovering emotions that you might not know you had. For example, when I wrote my Future Story for 2022 – a lot came up about my feelings around COVID. It was enlightening, and I realized that I needed to let my negativity about it go so I could use that energy for more productive purposes.  I also need to start having more fun again.  I am done with the pillows, signs, and t-shirts that state, “stay home” or “peace, love, joy.”  I am all for being smart about COVID, but I am also ready for some fun and excitement.  So, enjoy this.  Be bold about what you want and start getting excited about life again.  It’s time to untame your future!

Coaching Tip: This futures coaching exercise is always a big hit with teams and groups because they can have some fun with it. I find that people bond when they can let loose and enjoy some time together while setting strategic directions for more prosperous futures.  You can do it together in a physical location or in an online setting.  Just make sure to incorporate some fun elements into the process. 

Go wild, download the Future Story 2022 coaching exercise below and untame your year!

Time for a Road Trip!

I am flying again – to present a keynote in person, and I am so excited!! This talk will focus on how to lead like a futurist while also presenting information on some of the signs and signals impacting the healthcare industry.

If you are like me, it has been a while since I have flown the friendly skies-but I am also ready to get out there and be with people again. I love the ability to work with clients online; however, I really enjoy in-person interactions too!

I am so greatly to the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) for inviting me to be part of this exciting conversation. You can learn more about their work and the conference by visiting: https://icahn.org/

Yeah! ICAHN Keynote by creimers2

A Conversation about the Future and the Creative Society

I had the opportunity to chat with two hosts as part of AllatRa TV North America this morning. It was a fun and interesting conversation about the future of humanity, the planet, and prosperity. And, I had the pleasure of meeting two wonderful young leaders who are committed to making the future a brighter and more wonderful place for all people.

We talk about everything from the importance of being entrepreneurial and taking personal responsibility for your life to the need for a new system of education that is more accessible and affordable for everyone at any age. I really enjoyed exploring possibilities of a future filled with more personal fulfillment and fun as well as a healthier planet.

A portion of our interview touched on F*School – the Futures School for women that helps them design and achieve their personal, purposeful vision for the future.

Go Wild with Your Vision for a Better Future & Enjoy the Interview!

-Dr. Connie

PS: They are always looking for more minds. If you would like to make a contribution, please contact them. One of the hosts will provide the details at the end of the conversation.

How to Create Your Purposeful Future with Dr. Connie

Your Future Story 2021

As a student of strategic foresight, you learn that there are multiple futures.  Typically, you learn about the preferable, probable, plausible and possible futures; however, I noticed that something was missing – the Purposeful Future. 

A Purposeful Future is the path we choose to pursue with conscious intent because it is both significant and meaningful.

Dr. Connie

This is a major miss! How do I know this? The findings of my own research research on entrepreneurial learners and leaders repeatedly reveal one major finding – people are motivated by personal fulfillment and purpose.  People are guided by a sense of purpose in the workplace and when buying products and services. 

Purpose shapes everything in leadership and life – from our buying decisions to the ways in which we interact with colleagues and take care of ourselves. Research continues to demonstrate that people live longer, happier and healthier lives when they have a purpose.

-Dr. Connie

Last week, I delivered a two-hour, online workshop for a government agency that is preparing its leaders for life after COVID, including the conflicts they might face in the workplace if people return to physical offices. We explored how conflict can be both counterproductive and productive. We also explored what they need to prepare for in 2021 – because change will continue to keep happening throughout the year.

The purpose of conflict was explored throughout the session. We also shared tools leaders and supervisors can use to help navigate the unchartered waters of 2021. More on that in a future post!

While coaching and teaching, I have noticed that thinking too far into the future is really challenging for leaders right now. Instead – my clients are focusing on 2021.

One of my coaching questions for clients lately has been this: Where do you want to be at the end of 2021?

It is not totally necessary for leaders to have only a long-term vision right now. Rather, many of them want to focus on the present as they create their future with intention and purpose, which is a fantastic step forward.

“Where” is the first step in the WILD Method of Strategic Foresight and Leadership. Download and use the Future Story 2021 strategic foresight coaching tool to help guide yourself and your teams through this important first step in creating a Purposeful Future.

Go Wild with Your Future Story 2021!

-Dr. Connie

Rural Health Leadership Radio: The Importance of a Purposeful Future

I am so excited!!!

Dr. Bill Auxier, host of the Rural Health Leadership Radio podcast, invited me to be the last guest of 2020 on his very successful and informative show. We talk about factors influencing the future of healthcare, including the longevity economy and Purposeful Future. So, what exactly is a Purposeful Future?

Purposeful Future: The desired future we choose to pursue with conscious intent because it is both significant and meaningful.

What’s Next? The Importance of a Purposeful Future in 2021

One of the questions I continue to get almost daily is: What is next? My answer: Take some time to develop a Purposeful Future for yourself and/or your company. COVID has been a monumental wildcard. It has changed the trajectory of the future, so now is the perfect time to create the future you truly desire. We have seen the importance of living, working and earning with purpose in meaning in 2020 – and this megatrend will not slow down anytime soon.

Please take some time to listen to this episode of the Rural Health Leadership Radio podcast to learn more! And, contact me if you are ready to create and pursue your Purposeful Future!

Rural Health Leadership Radio with Dr. Bill Auxier

In this final episode of 2020, we are honored to have Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild as a guest. Dr. Connie shares her perspective on several timely leadership topics: the impact of history on the future, purposeful futures, systems thinking, and leadership of the future.

“My research on leaders repeatedly revealed one major finding; people are motivated by personal fulfillment and purpose.”

— Dr. Connie

Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, Wild Innovation’s Founder and Chief Futurist, is on a mission to help leaders and organizations intentionally create a more prosperous future in the exploding longevity economy, which is expected to be valued at $28.2 trillion by 2050.

Prior to launching Wild Innovation as a full-time venture, Dr. Connie worked at the University of Nebraska for twenty-five years. In her last position at the University, she served as the Executive Director (Interim) and Chief Futurist for the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska where she published an invited journal article, strategic foresight, leadership, and the future of rural healthcare staffing in the United States https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5916469/, which was the first of its kind published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA).

Dr. Connie is a Certified Futurist, Professional Coach, and Gallup Strengths Coach with a doctorate in Human Sciences and Leadership Studies.  She loves firewalking, snow sledding, swimming with sharks, and spending time with her family.