The future of work is slowly awakening. Although no one can know with certainty what will come, many have forecasted significant changes – becoming evident not in decades, but much sooner if not already.
Adding to matters, we will be living longer lives. Co-authors of The 100 Year Life, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, posit that the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives – education, work, retirement – is already being turned upside down. We have to challenge our basic premises about work. Ask What if … What if … What if ...
It seems daunting – but that is one lens and it is certainly reasonable to feel this way. But the other lens is one of empowerment and can be exciting. Similar to how a well-managed company prepares for the future, we can too as individuals. But the path is not linear. Rather, it looks a lot like innovation. Innovation, applied to self. With the right mindset, techniques, and community to support us we can prepare for the future of work. And there is a place for organizations in this too, there is a place for them in the community that provides support.
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