I also particularly enjoyed the chapter on “Humanness, Confidence, and Creative Competence”, and that is the basis for this article, especially as it echoes aspects Protagion has covered in previous posts:
At Protagion, we’ve also been thinking about the trend towards automation and its longer term impacts on the nature of work. Many commentators argue that the best response for us is to sharpen and emphasise our skills which are uniquely human, including empathy, compassion, creativity, strategic thinking, communication, and collaboration / teamwork. Doing this, they argue, will enable us to outsource the routine, process-driven, optimisation-focused work to robots, giving us more time to focus on where we as humans can add most value.
Another excellent article courtesy of LinkedIn that we wanted to share with you. This one is authored by Rob Powell, Chief Executive at the Legal Ombudsman in the United Kingdom. In it, he shares nine lessons from reflecting on his first year as a new Chief Executive, as well as a snapshot of the highs and lows over the year.
Below we summarise Rob’s advice he would have given himself – it’s also incredibly helpful for others stepping up into new roles. We add the extra advice given by some of the readers of Rob’s article too.
The original Linkedin article, followed by reader comments, can be found here:
Rob’s reflections and suggestions (with our emphasis):
Other suggestions before starting a new role:
Please do let us know if you have additional suggestions for those stepping up into new roles – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
A new TEDx talk we’d like to introduce to you: the speaker is David Wicks, founder of Digital Hunters which celebrates the success of high-growth technology businesses and helps others to follow in their footsteps. David has spent over 20 years hiring engineers and building software teams in start-ups and multinationals, and brings this extensive experience to bear in his talk. One of David’s previous roles was as Director of Development at Orbis Technology, which was awarded a place in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 for two consecutive years, so he has hands-on exposure to sourcing and building talent in environments of rapid change.
The talk is roughly 17 minutes long, is entitled “How do we solve The Talent Crisis” and was given at TEDx Coventry in June 2018. While David himself is from the technology industry, the topic of his talk is incredibly relevant to other industries as more and more professionals will need to learn new skills in order to work alongside machine-based solutions powered by automation and artificial intelligence. As an example, consider the rise of the Fintech and Insurtech industries. The nature of human work continues to change, and the speed of change is ever increasing.
With the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics, the entire job landscape is transforming. What were commonplace jobs a few years ago are disappearing, and new ones are appearing all the time. No matter what sector we are working in, most of us can expect to do a job we’ve never done before, perhaps for the rest of our careers. And we have to be prepared for a life of continuous learning.”
David covers a range of anecdotes, including the Movember movement, the American goal of landing a man on the moon during the 1960s, and Skyscanner, an online travel company which has been listed in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 seven times so far. He weaves them into a narrative about: