I’ve been following the concept of “the future of work” now for a couple of years, and recently I’ve started to dig a little deeper into the topic. As we progress through the 4th Industrial Revolution, we must adapt to the outcome rapidly changing technology has on our world. The connectedness between technology and humans is becoming more deeply integrated. You can read last week’s post The Future of Work is Now to gain a deeper understanding.
I’m currently reading the book “The Adaptation Advantage” by Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley. The concepts are bit mind blowing, especially given the fact that we are in the midst of so much change right now. I’m also re-reading some notes from a keynote speech presented by Elatia Abate back in 2018 called “Preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution.”
I’ll be honest…I’m still processing it all myself. I’m reflecting on my own personal stories that exemplify the truth behind their work. Until I am able to help you break it all down, I’m going to leave you with some of the concepts.
We need to move away from subject matter experts and toward subject matter students.
The future of work relies on rapid learning, unlearning, and adaptation.
We must become comfortable with ambiguity and vulnerability.
Our careers will look more like mosaics and less like climbing the ladder.
Disruption is simply opportunity spelled a different way.
I want you to let these statements sink in. Reflect on them. What do they mean to you? Do you feel a visceral reaction to any of it? Do any of the statements make you curious? These are all examples of how we need to reframe our thinking and our outlook to be successful in the future of work. We will be breaking them down over the coming weeks.
Until then, open yourself up to discovery of the meaning behind these statements and how that may impact your own journey.
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