Being aware of future work trends that impact you and your organization will help you maintain a relevant and steady presence in the workplace.
But how do you prepare for a future we can’t yet define?
My favorite ride in Walt Disney World is Toy Story Mania, an interactive 4-D ride that heightens my adrenaline as much as any roller coaster. I am not much of a gamer, but this is the one game I cannot resist.
The goal is to blast moving targets in a midway (carnival) style shooting game that includes verbal encouragement and feedback by some of the stars from the animated Toy Story movie.
What I like most about the ride is the personal challenge of using my spring action shooter to capture or take down the fast-moving targets. My goal is to improve my score each time, with the extra personal incentive to beat my husband’s score, of course. Via my control, strategy, and eye-hand coordination, the device releases virtual objects such as eggs, softballs, and rings to simulate the experience of carnival games.
There is a sense of accomplishment achieved when anticipating movement of objects on the screen. By responding to the moving objects and positive feedback, I win! Much like an agile project and focus on agility, the quick wins sharpen my skills and give me confidence for the next round.
Why do I like the Toy Story Mania experience so much? It’s fun, creative, and rewarding, as the system tallies my ever-increasing score. Improvement is always a possibility, which is an incentive to keep my eye on the pace of change.
This brings me to an important question about real life and real work.
If the object of your desire is in constant motion, how do you maintain your focus and direction to achieve your goals?
The Toy Story game is a lot like the workplace, especially as it relates to the accelerated pace of change and the future of work.
Fast-moving targets and uncertainty is certainly taxing for employers and employees alike. But being successful in the future of work relies on nimble and swift responses to change. This is necessary on the part of individuals and organizations.
Let’s explore a few future of work trends and implications for organizations and individuals.
This weekend I attended the Project Management Institute Chicago Chapter Career Development Conference. The keynote speaker, Marian Cook, an emerging technology and business leader, has ties to Singularity University and is a blockchain thought leader and strategist. She is also a visionary in preparing for the future of work.
As a futurist, she gathers trends and poses questions in similar proportions.
She discussed future of work trends and how it is difficult to prepare for a future we can’t yet define. Everything is changing so fast. We are experiencing a foundational transformation in the way we work.
Marian reviewed the mega-trends of convergence, changing demographics, mass migration to cities, changing economic power (the US is in decline), and climate change. She then discussed the impact these trends will have on organizations and individuals.
Since employers and employees are the critical participants influencing future of work trends, let’s focus on these two sides of the work equation.
In summary, when the scene in front of you is a series of moving targets, pay attention to my friend Monika Black’s question and answer:
“What would you do if you really saw change as a constant? Lead through strengths in all that you do!…each moment of adversity is an opportunity to apply your strengths.”
Monitoring the landscape is a solid move as you handle the dynamics of frequent decisions. With determination, you may learn to sharpen your focus like the gamers on the Toy Story ride.
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