I came across a Fast Company article titled, 7 Predictions For The Future Of Work. Author Dana Ardi offers some interesting thoughts, particularly the idea of “Limited Contracts” where people will work for organizations for a short amount of time and be compensated based on their business impact.
While offering thoughtful predictions, this article is not surprising and really doesn’t offer any groundbreaking viewpoints. The fact that work will be different tomorrow is no different than the fact that today’s work is different from yesterday’s. We no longer use buggy whips, Kodak film, and may soon see laptops disappear in favor of tablets or some other mobile computing device.
What is new is the pace of change. Business and technology are changing at an ever-increasing pace. So how do both individuals and organizations stay ahead of these changes?
For organizations, they must dismiss two crippling attitudes:
- “We’ve always done it this way.”
- Taking a short-term view of business.
The changing business environment requires new strategies, new objectives, and new ideas. While certain business processes may have propelled an organization to great success, those same processes may not promote future success. And our short-term, Wall Street-oriented business view prevents many organizations from making the necessary investment in their systems and, most importantly, their people.
For individuals, this changing world requires them to be continuous learners. Read a business book, biography, or even a novel, watch a documentary on TV, participate in a webinar, watch and read the news, and network with new people.
Notice the word ‘and’. Staying relevant in today’s rapidly evolving business world requires multiple learning opportunities, not just a single event or approach.
So how are you always learning? How do you stay ahead of the game and avoid obsolescence?
Darren K. Ford
I've enjoyed a great career. Worked in many different industries with great coworkers and customers. I talk to a lot of people while drinking a lot of coffee. I read constantly. From all of this, I have much to say.