The Future of Work is Positive

Is our future going to be positive or negative?

Conversations around this topic tend to be fairly negative – robots will take all our jobs, get ready for huge unemployment, etc.

The truth is that we have been adapting to technology since the Industrial Age and before. Look at farming practices now compared to 60 years ago. Or the taxi industry – the industry is changing but the size of it is actually growing. However, soon we’ll find that industry devastated by  driverless cars (& trucks for that matter). We’re always changing.

Technology will certainly be a part of everyone’s work, including tradies, house cleaners & brain surgeons. As well as replacing or modifying some tasks, technology also creates & enables many opportunities. Some of these are new and some are adaptive. Most are within everyone’s reach, rather than controlled by huge corporations. A global business was once the domain of these corporations but now it can be run out of your lounge room!

The future, as has always been the case, is a matter of being aware what is going on around you and adapting. More and more people also bring broader perspectives to what they do – that of life ethic not just work ethic. So keep on tweaking for a better you and a better world!

A good read on the future of work is this article by Ross Gittins. Do yourself a favour.

Hey, let’s set some goals!

Does setting goals light the way forward?

Setting goals is a very popular strategy for enterprising people.

Setting goals can be a waste of time, energy & wisdom.

Setting goals can be both limiting & take you down the wrong track.

And setting goals is good.

“WTF” you say. Let’s have a little look at this. If goals are set too far in advance (like 12 months or more) you are imagining, i.e. dreaming, what your situation will be like then. The action involved to get there is too remote – ‘I’ll do that next month’ –  and 1000 things could happen in between to effect your goal. But you are focused on this goal and its related actions. Not a good scenario.

On the other hand, you could set a goal for the next 3 months. It will relate to what is going on in your enterprise right now. It will have actionable tasks that are in the foreseeable future, and so will be more realistically achievable. Shorter term goals also mean you and your enterprise can be adaptable to what is going on around you and what opportunities appear.

And even more simplistic goals are great too, like I am going to pick that book up from the library or I’m going to send this email out TODAY.

The message is to relate your goals to the way you and your enterprise function, not according to a formulated, one size fits all, business plan approach.


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