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How to Stay Relevant in the Future of Work


How to Stay Relevant in the Future of Work

Lisa Carlin shares an article on how to ensure continued relevance in the future of work.

“The biggest shame trigger at work is the fear of irrelevance.” Brené Brown [1]

Brené says when we’re afraid, we tend to self-protect. This is an instinctive reaction when faced with an unpredictable future. We can respond by building up armour around ourselves, and this armour becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Brené explains that armour can make us become self defensive and critical, so that we shut ourselves off to feedback and learning.

If your work involves hashtag#transformation, hashtag#growth and hashtag#change you are likely to be agreeing with this. I’m sure you know people in your work and life that exactly fit the description of a prickly, self-defensive person.

In the years ahead, a lack of learning is a guaranteed way to accelerate towards becoming irrrelevant: superfluous and expendable.

How does this apply to you?

Ask yourself: To what extent do you worry about becoming irrelevant at work?

I admit I am worried. I am afraid of irrelevance, and I’m also excited by everything new there is to learn and explore. I’ve worked in business transformation for over 25 years and I have no doubt the pace of innovation, development and change will continue to accelerate.

Our skills are becoming obsolete at a rate never seen before. In last month’s article, my colleague Dr Norman Chorn and I focused on the radical shift in the skills required for digital transformation over 2 decades.[2]

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2020 that “50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025.” [3]

What can we do about this?

We cannot control our environment, the only thing we can control is our own response. I believe everyone needs a personal strategy to ensure continued relevance in the future world of work. If you aren’t worried, you should be. If you aren’t excited you should be.

Key points include:

  • Defensiveness

  • Lack of learning

  • Small, live discussions

Read the full article, Do you worry about becoming irrelevant?, on LinkedIn.