26 Feb 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.”