Future of Work – Prepare for it in 5 steps

Future of Work – Prepare for it in 5 steps

The Future of Work is here. Do you want to prepare for it? Start from the top, go to the end, rinse and repeat  

  1. Be curious – Ask, seek out, learn, try, experiment. Let curiosity be your compass. Think about it – what are voice assistants like Alexa, Siri, Ok Google doing – by remaining curious and listening in to all that is going on, whether you know about it or not, these assistants are building a formidable ability to learn. So, if we are to stay relevant, we have to have an insatiable curiosity – which not only informs and educates, but guides, excites, drives us.
  2. Be story led – Share stories about yourself, stories of what you take pride in doing/having done, stories of when things didn’t turn out great, stories of what you believe in. Stories are even more important if you want to keep moving and not stay stuck – you have to tell people stories which enable them to connect to you and how you make meaning of experiences.  
  3. Connect – this is not just about networking and exchanging business/work information. In a world deluged by information, only by listening to others’ stories, we get insights. Something in others’ stories changes the way we make meaning of our own experiences, allowing us to understand ourselves better and arrive at uniquely personal insights. 
  4. Get concerned – To solve problems, we have to be concerned first. What problems make you feel concern? Curiosity and concern go hand-in-hand – if a problem is of concern to us, we get curious about how to solve it, we start looking for resources to do that and we have a reason to join hands with others
  5. Collaborate – Find mutuality and build on it. While the future of work is about expressing one’s uniqueness, it is also about exponential collaboration – both for solving complex problems and for giving wings to creative imagination. As an African saying goes, “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk with others.” 
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  • The many kinds of Career Transitions - Kavyata
    Posted at 17:51h, 19 April Reply

    […] In transitions caused by external triggers, a critical part of successful transition is Sensing what is going on in the external environment – having one’s antennae keenly attuned to trends, opportunities, market intelligence. This calls for the skill of Active Listening by tapping into networks – both of people and ideas at the intersections of one’s expertise and interests. And it’s not just enough to actively listen – you have to tell your network what you are looking for, especially the ‘weak ties’ in your network – they become your extended receptors of information for sensing what is going on outside and relaying it back to you when the right opportunity arises.  So really put yourself out these – cultivate the mindsets of openness and curiosity and being … […]

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Kavita, an alumna of IIM Ahmedabad, brings over 16 years of experience in the domains of Experiential Learning, Adult Learning, Personal Growth & Change and Organization Development.

Kavita has completed her internship in Applied Behavioural Sciences from the Sumedhas Academy for Human Context http://sumedhas.org. She has worked with leading Indian and international companies including Johnson & Johnson India Ltd, Xseed Education, Goldman Sachs and Usha International Ltd. As a facilitator and coach, Kavita brings sharp insights along with a deeply supportive and empathetic style. She has worked with clients across domains, including IT, higher education, social entrepreneurship, development sector and healthcare.

Kavita’s forte is Transition coaching and facilitation. Her work around Transitions is influenced deeply by developmental and social psychologists (such as Robert Kegan, Jean Piaget,  Clare Graves, Suzanne Cook-Greuter etc) and looks at how individuals and collectives (such as organizations) go through stages of development, with associated behaviours, perspectives and challenges.