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Perspective: Sees an abundance of opportunities in the world, is flexible and adaptable to change, is optimistic, curious and open to new ideas and experiences
Motivation: Is driven by long-term purpose or mission that matters to them. Understands intrinsic motivators, seeks out freedom and autonomy
Compass: Designs the life they want and finds work to fit it. Takes a holistic view of life beyond just work. Values solitude & reflection. Looks for ways to mitigate risk in decisions
#2 How You Create
Environment: Able to shift to different environments; can work virtually and manage flexible schedules. Understands optimal physical environments how to do deep work
Connection: Has meaningful global connections. Can work virtually. Part of communities of shared values. Looks to add value to other people’s lives through work
Action: Is able to experiment and work on creative projects. Can test ideas and quickly get feedback before moving forward. Uses judgement and social skills in work
#3 How You Adapt
Knowledge: Learns by doing. Looks to apprentice. Has a lifelong learning mindset. Teaches as a way to learn. Balances specialization with interdisciplinary interests
Progress: Actively creates new opportunities. Takes a long-term (50+) portfolio view of work. Thinks about skills instead of jobs. Uses energy levels to make decisions.
Vitality: Consistently derives energy from work and life. Takes long (>2 weeks) unplanned and planned breaks. Has relationships where both people help each other grow.
The Nature Of Work Has Fundamentally Changed, Yet We Operate As If It Is Still 1995
Consider the following:
The decline of full-time work: There was no net increase in full-time employment from 2005 to 2015 — all employment growth was in “alternative work arrangements” such as on-call and temporary as well as contractors and freelancers.
Work continues to increase in complexity: BCG has measured “complicatedness” of work showing that it has steadily increased 6.7% a year for 50 years. This has dramatically outpaced productivity improvements.
Limited connection between traditional education and our work: Less than three out of ten people work in fields tied to their major.
Dream jobs don’t exist: In 1997, Amy Wrzesniewski found that work that is a “calling” is a result of a mindset, not our underlying skills.
People prefer autonomy over control: Researchers found that when power is framed as autonomy versus power over people, people were much more inclined to seek power positions. Autonomy is also highly linked to job satisfaction and performance.
Money is not a motivator: In 1949, Professor Harry Harlow introduced incentives to reward monkeys and ended up destroying their intrinsic motivation. Yet, almost 70 years later, in organizations, we still use the language of “carrots” and and “sticks”
People are meaner at work: McKinsey found that people experiencing rudeness at work increased from 49% to 62% from 1998 to 2015. YIKES!
Our Deep Attachment To Work:
We place so much emphasis on work, yet the labor force participation rate is still less than 65%. We live in a time where we have a belief that much of meaning, dignity, and identity can be unlocked through work. This cultural meme runs so deep that we tend to value any work for work's sake and leave unquestioned the deeper questions of what it means to live a good life. It also results in bizarre phrases like “working poor” is a commonly understood and accepted phenomenon.
My Belief: We need a radical mindset shift in terms of how we think about work to enable people to do things that matter
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Coming Soon: Detailed writeups on the nine mindsets including actionable activities you can take to help develop a future of work mindset
- Curiosity, Ian Leslie
- Agile Mindset Core Curriculum, Becker College
- Chaos Theory of Careers, Pryor & Bright
- Abundance, Kotler & Diamandis
- Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
- Jobs, Careers, and Callings: People's Relations to Their Work, Wrzesniewski, McCauley, Rozin & Schwartz
How You Create
- The Rise of Superman, Steven Kotler
- Quiet, Susan Cain
- Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
- The Science of High Performance, Vega Factor
- The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market, David Deming
- Originals, Adam Grant
How You Adapt
- Growth Mindset, Carol Dweck
- The Anxiety of Learning, Edgar Schein
- Preparing Students To Lose Their Jobs, Heather McGowan
- Skill Stacking, Scott Adams
- Mastery, Robert Greene
- “Do not plan your career", Marc Andreessen
- Planned Happenstance, Constructing Unexpected Career Opportunities, Mitchell, Levin & Krumboltz
- The Gig Economy, Diane Mulcahy
- Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time (HBR), Schwartz & McCarthy