The future of work is already upon us, so what does this mean for you as a professional woman?
Well, the first is that you should be excited! The future of work is not a threat. It’s an opportunity to step into the spotlight.
The thing is, it doesn’t matter how many years you’ve spent mastering your craft, it doesn’t matter how many certificates or degrees you have – IF you never step into the spotlight in the right way and let the world see you for who you really are.
No matter what title you have at work, you need to start thinking like an entrepreneur. Why? Because the future of work demands it. The future of work is all about self-leadership.
As a leader of the future, you will be transparent, collaborative, inclusive, future-focused, accountable, intrapreneurial and both a teacher and a learner.
You will need to make three important shifts in the way you think and prepare for the future
1. Build mastery by focusing on what you’re passionate about. It’s not enough to be a generalist anymore. Knowing a little about many things makes Google your main competitor. You need to build mastery and focus on the areas you are passionate about and master it. The future is about hyper and being clear on who you are and the value you bring to your role
2. Networks are going to be important. Growing up we were told a story that in order to get ahead we had to compete. What we know about the future is that there are incredible opportunities to build value through collaboration and co-operation using technology and knowledge. Remember success is not about competition it’s about contribution.
3. Work is where we find meaning. In the past, we would work to earn money to buy things to make us happy. This is not working anymore. We want more. If we are going to be working till we’re 75 yrs old and if we are going to have work the center of our life, which it will be, work will need to be where we find meaning. All employees will be looking for meaning and connection to their roles, their colleagues, their managers, their workplace, and the purpose of their workplace and its connection to the wider community. We will less think about work as a means of making money to buy things we can consume but rather see work itself as a source of creativity and enormous possibilities to becoming the best we can.
If you are not self-leading your career and creating opportunities for yourself, you’ll get left behind.
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I look forward to hearing your story.
The world is ready for empowered women.