Written by Sean McPheat |
9 October, 2013
One book I devoured when it came out was Alvin Tofler’s great work ‘Future Shock’.
A lot of his ‘prophecies’ have proved to be true, especially one that stands in pride of place on my shelf in the office. It says simply, “The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write; they are those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”.
You and your company have gone through volatility and challenge unprecedented in decades. The catchphrase for business has been ‘change or die’. These times have driven massive changes and they require you to learn new information, skills, talents and procedures….or die.
What have we seen, specifically, that have caused these opportunities and pain in equal measure?
So, the question now is ‘how smart are you?’ Are you getting smarter as time goes on?
The only way you can do this is by creating and developing learning opportunities for yourself. How is your plan going for personal and professional development? (You do have one, don’t you?).
Look, the only people who will come out of the global downturn with a bright future are those who decide that they want to develop their skills and become someone who is valuable to their customers. Leaving your development up to your company or someone else is tantamount to saying you don’t care about which direction you will go. That’s because no-one, I repeat, no-one is more interested in your future career than you. Your L&D department may put on loads of courses and give you opportunities to improve, but in the end it’s you who is responsible for what you do and how you develop.
Being smart means: