The workplace of today and the future might look quite different due to technology, the economy, the environment, and politics.
The evolving workplace is creating a skills divide. Soon we’ll only be as good as the skills we possess. But which skills are they, and how can we make sure we keep pace?
1. PERSONAL BRAND
Building a personal brand defines who you are and who you want to become. That involves building a reputation, trust, and a following.
Start with the basics, such as auditing your social media presence and email name. Ensure that your image comes across as professional and appropriate for an organization that you are interested in.
Building a personal brand can also include your accomplishments and traits. It is the skills that are gathered that build your reputation portfolio.
2. DIGITAL FLUENCY
The digital transformation impacts and changes every industry. Being digitally fluent isn’t about turning more people into computer geeks, but being able to befriend the “machine”.
The ability to embrace technology and machines is about the ability to get stuff done. It’s about knowing the tools and how to use them. This can be done either by acquiring new knowledge, or by collaborating with people or machines that have what you lack.
3. A TRIBE
As the economy embraces gig work and crowd sourcing, having a personal tribe becomes critical. To be successful in building a career and maintaining financial stability in this environment, relying on your personal network is key to land in a new job.
Understanding this and dedicating time to build and cultivate your network throughout your career will help open opportunities when it’s time to make a career change.
4. MAKING SENSE OF COMPLEXITY
Complexity can look like chaos, and you’ll need an ability to connect the dots to create new pathways. Flexibility will help you seek growth opportunities. The best growth opportunity may be in another role or project and not necessarily moving up.
In your personal life, resilience is often linked to overcoming problems and obstacles. In a business setting, however, resilience helps you transform obstacles into solutions and opportunities. Employees who do this are priceless because they accelerate a culture of business innovation in the workplace.
One of the best ways to enhance resilience is to focus on keeping negative things from having an overwhelming impact on the positive possibilities in any given situation.
Resilience is the most important trait for anyone in any profession. There are no shortcuts or quick tidbits for this one; if you want something badly enough, you have to keep working toward it.