No, it's not. Nor is it in any other dictionary I could find. However, its not being in a dictionary does not make it any less valid. The word is quite common in the tech industry and/or business marketplace and is slowly creeping its way into more common usage, thanks to the media and other means of communication.river said:Odd, forward-thinking is not in Webster's. When did this word come about and how does it differ from forward-looking ?
GenJen54 said:I think one can easily be "forward-looking" without necessarily being "forward-thinking."
Yes, definitely. I think it can mean taking the long-term approach to a specific problem. Forward-looking people can be pragamatic and not necessarily concerned with "cultural" or aesthetic issues like forward-thinking people tend to be. In general parlance, I'd say forward-thinking has more to do with being avant-garde or "progressive."GenJen54 said:I think one can easily be "forward-looking" without necessarily being "forward-thinking."
nycphotography said:Forward thinking is about trying to figure out the goals of tomorow, then trying to find the methods of tomorrow to achieve them. Forward thinking is the instrument of change, whereas forward looking is not. In fact, forward looking often presupposes an absence of change, or an "all else benig equal" mentality.
river said:I found a definition that might be of interest:
Forward Thinking: The ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and take appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies.
- Anticipates possible problems and develops contingency plans in advance.
- Notices trends in the industry or marketplace and develops plans to prepare for opportunities or problems.
- Anticipates the consequences of situations and plans accordingly.
- Anticipates how individuals and groups will react to situations and information and plans accordingly. (Workforce Management)
"Forward-thinking" is used primarily in business circles to describe a person or company who is seen as "visionary." In short, someone who is forward-thinking is thinking progressively and possesses the ability to look beyond the "now" and formulate strategies for future success. They are constantly asking "what's next?"