It’s the middle strata that gets squeezed by leadership teams that demand more output with less budget and resources, squeezed by direct reports, stakeholders, and functional teams who demand time and energy, and squeezed by vendors and suppliers who look to them for day-to-day operational direction. The good news? There’s no such thing as a wasted experience.
A slew of articles caught my eye this week that could provide us with a sneak peek into future skills and tasks that will impact the types of jobs available, particularly for what I call the middle strata—program and project managers, change practitioners, and mid-level leaders—career professionals who will shoulder the brunt of transformational change for organizations, particularly as AI and other advanced technologies take root. Let’s begin by taking a look at three areas—human data labeling, AI communications, and human-to-machine collaboration—in order to get a better idea of how the dots might connect for the middle strata in the next few years.
Economic downturns can happen at any time. The toughest part in planning for a recession is that those who may be impacted the most will typically have less time to plan. This means that you'll want to be prepared ahead of the curve-at all times. Let’s look at seven reasons why you’ll want to recession-proof your next career reinvention—now.
Wondering if you’re a “what-if” person like Jasmine? Jasmine (not her real name) and I met during a delayed flight from San Jose to Honolulu. Crammed into a lounge area filled with people none too pleased with the delay, we carried on a philosophical conversation about what it means to live a full life. I don’t know about you, but for me the right people show up in my life when I need to hear what they have to say. It often works in reverse as well.
Gartner projects that by 2030 artificial intelligence will replace up to 80 percent of the tasks managed today by project managers. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Project managers manage a myriad of granular tasks that could (and should) be offloaded to smart machines so that PM’s can focus on implementing more complex, high-risk initiatives.
A NYTimes quote the other day by California’s Governor Gavin Newsom got my attention when asked about his major areas of focus in the near term —preparing for a recession — “more acute than ‘01 but less acute than ‘07”. It’s good to hear that Newsom’s administration is planning and preparing for the next economic downturn.
The soft underbelly of reinventing yourself? Not everyone will delight in your self-discoveries, especially if it disrupts how they feel about you and confusion about how you’ll fit in their world. Prepare for it now. Then it won’t come as a shock to your senses when family, friends, colleagues, and even old bosses see you as disrupting their equilibrium.
You might have read the article that summarizes the results of a survey by KPMG LLP titled "Will Women Take Big Risks?" It was disconcerting to see that less than half of the 2,000 respondents of the Risk, Resilience, Reward survey were open to taking big risks to further their careers.
Adaptability is one of those words that get bandied about along with the likes of resilience and flexibility and agility. There's the more formal definition of adaptability: the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions. But it's only a word unless you apply it to an experience that has somehow changed you along the way, which brings me to the other definition of adaptability: the capacity to be modified for a new use or purpose.
In the waning days of another year it’s natural to reflect on a year gone by. What were the highlights and lowlights? Where could I have adjusted my actions to better align with my desired goals? Were there times where I could have stepped up to take advantage of higher quality opportunities?
Can you develop an appreciation for office politics? Most people I speak with may not think so until I share a glass half-full view instead of an empty glass perspective. Of course, much depends on whether you take steps to learn from different environments and the people dynamics that come with your experience.
We've decided to so something a bit different this year in celebration of my book's publication by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in September 2011 (how fast these seven years have passed!). I'm offering readers a complimentary subscription to our Seeding Change membership site. Please use CODE IIRW2018 at checkout to receive one month free access to our interactive courses. Sign-ups are good through 12/30/18. This would be a great opportunity to work through our current online courses in preparation for our upcoming training in early 2019 AI in the Workplace.
As my team begins development on our training series AI in the Workplace℠ available to Seeding Change members in early 2019, I thought this would be a good time to write a post about not overlooking the basics. Focusing entirely on developing technical skill sets for 2030 and beyond may actually put you at risk of bypassing the transferable skills that will successfully lead you into the future.
Employers, business leaders, and career professionals can expect considerable workplace disruption in the coming decade. What we do today to manage change associated with this technological transformation will impact the lives we live in 2030 and beyond.
Learning how to successfully pivot begins with knowing what could get in your way. Think of pivot points as the bridge between your Plan A and your Plan B. By placing pivot points where you anticipate hiccups along the way, you prepare yourself and your team for potential risks and possible setbacks. But not all pivots are to avoid risk--unexpected opportunities can surface as well, and if you've prepared your mind to take them in you'll be ready to make the most of a shift in direction. This infographic will help serve as a reminder for ten drivers of change that can present risks or opportunities for you.