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  • Writer's pictureLaura Roeven

Future-proof yourself

I just attended a lecture by Peter Scott and Pierre Dussault, “Survive and Thrive in the 4th Industrial Revolution” put on by Wisconsin’s International Coaching Federation. Enclosed is a recap of their key points through my lens as a listener. Italics are their ideas.

Anti-Fragility: People who survive war are examples of anti-fragility.

Navigating change takes a resilience mindset that can create ideas and generate solutions in uncertain times. This is the heart of being anti-fragile. I hold this word on my tongue and feel the power of not choosing a victim mentality. Anti-fragile means I have my say, my ideas, my opinions, and my actions to own. Even when my reality changes due to the future showing up in a new way on my doorstep, I can choose to be anti-fragile. This is, as my friend Lisa says, a “Hell Yes” moment.

Leading into the future implies change. Change is scary and a common response is shock paralysis. We can become numb and unchanging as things change. It reminds me an animal burrowing in a forest fire. Shock paralysis, or an inability to shift when things change can cause relationship and career death if we stay burrowed too long. Scott and Dussault’s ideas are all ways to shift into creative future minded idea generation.

Our human-ness will pioneer the future. You have a specialty.

Our fear is that we are no longer relevant to the new information. We are each unique and skilled. Take time to keep learning and growing to stay relevant! Your insights and experiences are unique and needed. The trick with any change is to identify what makes you perfect for this new set of conditions.

Respond, don’t react. Change is a great time to take a breath and see what is happening. Investigate and gather the information and data you need to understand the direction and hopes that the change will create. What do you notice? What is an insight that isn’t considered that could be important? Responding and not reacting will help keep a level head to ask important questions to navigate change. Give the changes names to dive in deeper to uncover what isn’t thought of. You are helping create solutions into the future by digging into the work.

What’s your future-proof culture?

This one I’m still thinking about. What IS my future-proof culture? They suggest putting everything on the table. This requires me to identify what is everything? Where do I want to be in 10 years? Where will the world be with existing systems and cutting-edge technologies? My personal habit is to read a few articles a week on up-and-coming technology, listen to podcasts that support my knowledge of the world today, and spend time being creative. I believe these will help me to greet the future with my growing skill set and I have a lot to learn. I believe that I want to enter new ages with future enhancements rather than proofs.

How are changes affecting you? Are you having trouble getting what you want? Book a session to future-proof your next steps today.



PS. Curious about Peter Scott? Here is his TedX talk.

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