Don’t look now but the world is changing dramatically. In their September 2018 report the World Economic Forum says, “New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in most industries and transform how and where people work.”
In my view this is not news it’s inevitable and it’s welcomed. It reinforces the need to continually learn, grow and reinvent. In other words, we need to be continually revising the maps we use to traverse the territory of life.
Life is difficult, but most don’t see this truth. Rather, they fight it and moan incessantly, to the point they are immobilized. They feel their difficulties are a unique-to-them affliction that should not be.
Yet it is the welcoming and facing of difficulties through which we grow. As Ben Franklin said, “Those things that hurt, instruct.”
Wise people have revised their belief system to welcome the change and difficulties as openings to the opportunity to build courage and wisdom.
Change is inevitable, but life doesn’t have to be difficult. Some things in the World Economic Forum report we have seen coming for a while.
Welcome Change Rather Than Fight it
For example, the 2020 skills outlook (see below) says that management of people is declining while the need for leadership is growing. You already knew this because you read my report: Management is the New Leadership.
Also, the need for emotional intelligence is growing while technical skill and time management skills are declining in importance. If you’re paying attention, this is an observable fact.
Here’s how to pay better attention and consistently drive in a forward motion:
Become a Prophet
*Don’t allow change to put you in a catch-up position. You don’t have to be clairvoyant. A real prophet is not psychic as much as they are able to read the signs of the times. They know what’s going on without delusion. They can see reality more clearly and thus are more equipped to effectively deal with the world. It’s not mystical as much as it is practical.
*Use every situation to learn and grow. Watch other people and other industries to see how they are preparing rather than having to pivot.
*Manage in two areas. There is who you are—the business you are in now and who you are becoming. If you focus your energy solely on the business you’re in now, new technology, disrupters or new competition could knock you out of the game. But if you manage in both areas well, you’ll never have to quit, retrain or pivot. You’ll be ready because you are continuously growing. You are always doing something to innovate.
And as you’ll read in the World Economic Forum report, the way to separate yourself from the heard going into the future is through expanding personal skills not training for job titles. Job titles are becoming less important.