Self-awareness: a cornerstone for future success

September 18, 2018 3:12 pm

The World Economic Forum has just released its ‘Future of jobs report 2018.’

An important conclusion in the report is that the time is now for governments, industries and individuals to be proactive. The report contains lots of detail about projected shifts in jobs; however, the key message is that the adoption of new technologies will result in significant shifts in the way we work and lead.  Virtually every industry and most workers will be disrupted to at least some degree in the near future. It is imperative that businesses and individuals adopt a life-long learning mindset.

As the pace of technology change increases, so too will the need to continually re-assess and re-tool. We need to cultivate a learning culture in our organisations and the broader business environment.  Likewise, I expect that self-awareness will become a cornerstone of success in the future because people need to be able to continually review their skills and personal attributes in relation to the changing demands. The ability to stay on top of shifts and adapt quickly to new demands is going to move from a ‘nice to have’ to a core competency required at every level of the workforce.

In collaboration with two colleagues, I will be running a workshop related to self-awareness at the Disrupt Sydney conference on Friday 21 September 2018, titled Why bother with leadership if robots are doing all the work? We will look at how we need to shift our thinking about leadership. There are also heaps of great speakers in the morning and several other excellent workshops in the afternoon. So, if the need for proactivity rings true for you and you are interested in how to manage innovation, disruption and change from within the organisation and within yourself, I hope to see you at the conference.

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