While the debate about the future of work continues to get plenty of media coverage, much of it is of the alarmist ‘the robots are coming to take your job’ version. It makes for good press and interesting, populist stories. There are three things to think about if you have 10+ years left to work or run your business. I call them the WWW, not the world wide web or wild wild west Work, Workforce & Workplace.

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As the idea of a ‘job for life’ fades into the past, individuals are left with the prospect of having to transition between roles and employers more frequently. My dad only had one job for 29 years in the police force. As a boomer it would have been a straight forward transition for him, most likely into the broader security industry.

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The world has changed, in the last ten years we have seen a shift in the work place. We see checkouts at the shops being automated, we have cars ready to be driverless, we have cashiers being replaced by machines, we have TV on demand and online accounting software. Five years ago the world was in a different place. The digital transformation is shaping our way of lives from banking to retail, to entertainment, to food services. Virtually every company in every industry is shifting how they engage with customers and the markets. Perhaps the three major disruptors that we can all relate to would be Uber, Airbnb and Deliveroo. Then, along came Google Chrome, and several incredible products and services have been invented. People leave an old job behind and embark on second careers for a host of reasons. Other times, starting over isn’t by choice.

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The world has changed, in the last ten years we have seen a shift in the work place. We see checkouts at the shops being automated, we have cars ready to be driverless, we have cashiers being replaced by machines, we have TV on demand and online accounting software. Five years ago the world was in a different place. The digital transformation is shaping our way of lives from banking to retail, to entertainment, to food services.

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Being your best is about holding yourself to a higher standard and realising your full potential. We all have the need for belonging, and this need is met by pushing ourselves to a moderate level of achievement based on the society we live. Should we be letting other people set the pace for our success, or lack thereof?. Do you tend to base your own potential on the potential of the ‘the crowd’, and see those success as exceptions? Perhaps it is time to compare our potential and ability to the only person who really matters by leading ONESELF. 

There is nothing wrong with striving to become a better person. There are those who fear they will become one of those people who act like they are ‘too good’ for others , or have a ‘holier than thou’ attitude. You are not , nor ever will be, better than any anyone else besides the person you are now. You will not only have a greater respect for all others, but  they will have a greater respect for you as well.

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A trend that has started a decade ago is remote working where professional has the freedom to have a flexible life. On the face of it the idea looks very relaxing but it comes with all sort of challenges. It can be frightening for some, stressful for other due to lack of communication, boredom, etc.

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