A global pandemic is in full swing with countries in various stages of lock down, compulsory mask wearing, social distancing, distance learning, work from home (WFH) and other means of trying to manage a virus that has no borders. In some ways, we could add a seventh fear to this list. Pandemic fear. This additional layer of fear is affecting us all in different ways. As you go through the six types of fears below, consider the anxiety and stress levels associated with what you may be going through and what others you work with may be going through as well.
Entries categorized "Reinvention & Transformation"
When organizations hurt, everything becomes a top priority—C and D tasks become fire drills overnight—busyness suddenly feels like a full-time job. Already stressed workers often translate this type of busy work as something happening behind the scenes—increasing their anxiety. Everyday tasks feel heavier, leaving little room for creative problem solving. Broken systems and processes become more obvious during a crisis.
In the last six months I’ve had a number of career professionals from various industries and business backgrounds requesting one of my rotating mentoring slots on a single topic: risktaking. Their requests have run the gamut from just beginning their hero’s risktaking journey to someone who once thought their risktaking chops would last a career lifetime, only to discover that after recent setbacks their risktaking efforts are considered reckless instead of responsible.
Shortly after my book was published I held a workshop at the Santa Clara Public Library where much of my research was done (never overlook great research librarians!). One of the women in the audience asked if reinventions and transformations were the same thing. Great question and one that we often get asked.
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.
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.