Over the next decade we will all be partners in creating and using new worlds, combining reality with what isn’t. It may not be very different from the stories told around a campfire, on walls, in books and in pictures and movies, but the way the boundaries will be blurred is not like anything we have ever known.
Welcome to the era of the curious leader, an era in which success is less related to the knowledge of the answers than to the ability to wonder out loud and the permission to ask questions. Curiosity encourages leaders to seek new ideas and approach problems in new ways to keep pace with change and lead organizations transforming into the new worlds. And when you ask the CEOs what are the most important traits for people in today’s organization, most of those cited are related to curiosity.
We all experiences hardship and frustration at work or in our careers at some point. It’s not a matter of whether, only of when. I don’t know if it’s optimism, I prefer to think of it as unwillingness to become the victim, to wait and do nothing, complain and hope something will happen, someone else will solve the problem. And so I remembered all the stories which reached me this year about people who were looking for a job and discovered opportunities. Today’s column is dedicated to them. To those who did not like the process and did what separates entrepreneurs from everyone else, they turned a problem into an opportunity. That small but significant twist in the plot, from complaining about what doesn’t work to doing something about it. And that something turned into an interesting startup.
The transition from almost a lifetime of education to the world of work is scary. Up until now, someone else set the path for you, the expectations were clear. You were given material, told what to study, when to submit, how to prepare, what is considered a passing grade, an exceptional one. And suddenly, during those first few weeks on that first real job, you quickly discover that there is more to it than to do what you learned.
Many of us live day by day unconsciously moving through our lives and our career. It doesn’t matter if change comes in six months, two years, or even five. If you’ve got somewhere around 20 years of work experience behind you, you should be asking yourself what you want to do with the other half.
The blurring boundaries between what used to be time for work, time for family, for doing whatever we chose to do when we didn’t work, these blurring lines prevent us from living in a different state during the day, the week, the year.
The changing world of work affects us in different areas of our lives. What is your focus today?
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