Ibbroker.canovel.org – Most of us are aware that the future will be a no-go place due to dwindling job opportunities in traditional sectors such as manufacturing, and the skills needed in a new economy that demands jobs that need further upgrades.
By accelerating the exponential change that speeds us up through technological progress, we also recognize that we need to prepare for tomorrow’s organizations and be ready to compete in the new world of work.
However, how many of us are prepared for the future and how many of us have the necessary mindset and attitude to succeed and thrive in such scenarios.
In fact, being aware of the future and preparing for it are two different things as can be seen in the way surveys show that most workers fear the future, but cannot prepare for it.
In other words, a certain paralysis in thinking and preparing for tomorrow’s bold future means that most workers are left behind in this respect. The respected financial publication, the Australian Financial Review (AFR), notes that while most organizations and their staff know what it takes to succeed in the future, they have not yet begun to prepare for a “we know what it takes, but, this is also the year” situation. “It leads to a certain kind of complacency.
He also warns that this complacency can cost jobs and careers, and therefore, it is best for all stakeholders to realize that this is important.
Added value can distinguish you from your peers
First of all, professionals must understand that the value they add to their organization will determine their future success. This can happen by coding and reframing oneself so that the person is prepared for the required skills and traits.
For example, software professionals can begin to acquire sophisticated programming and machine learning skills as well as train themselves in new software development methods and new software devops or models, the process by which development and deployment processes take place in real time.
In addition, financial professionals can kill themselves by acquiring new skills such as investment advice and wealth management and become familiar with the new techniques now widely used in finance and banking.
The main point to be noted here is that it is the value one adds to the organization that will determine professional success and, therefore, value added should be the focus of efforts.
What is the value and the X factor that distinguishes you from others?
So how does one define value from a functional perspective? Firstly, one needs to differentiate oneself from peers in terms of technical and interpersonal skills.
While one can indeed acquire advanced technical skills with some effort and patience, it is important to note that soft skills are the same, if not more important in tomorrow’s organizations.
For example, in another report, the AFR noted that the digital economy needs professionals to outperform the competition in terms of language proficiency, communication skills, and emotional intelligence.
While one can learn a new language such as French or if one is not a native English speaker, English language skills, interpers skills and EQ can only be acquired over a period of time and therefore, professionals should focus on how much value they can add in these aspects.
In addition, value is also determined by the amount of “extra” work that an individual brings into the organization when compared in relative terms. So it’s important to have an “X factor” that makes you stand out from the crowd.
Sachin Tendulkar and added value
Moreover, you can also add value to the organization through innovation, creativity and, above all, the tendency to contribute in any situation.
An example of an Indian cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar illustrates well the last point from above. For example, during his career, Tendulkar has been known to like to play with the ball whenever he doesn’t succeed with the bat, moreover, he has been known to do his best on the court, so the combined effect of his batting, reserve bowling, and fit Fi means that he was contributor. An important and essential member of the team.
So, we hope you have understood what value added means by this example. In our work experience, we have come to professionals who, despite being on the bench or providing a simple chore, will only use the time to learn new concepts and skills as well as attend meetings and workshops so that they can improve their skills as well as contribute to the organization.
To add value to an organization, one must also embrace the positive attitude and change the mindset that thrives on challenges and spreads a good mood around them. Moreover, one does not have to be an energy drainer and instead, a clean energy provider for the team.
While all of these aspects were very important in the past as well, the organizations of tomorrow will need them more than professionals amid massive changes in how advanced and cutting-edge technology is replacing humans.
So, prepare for the future by starting now so that when the opportunity comes, you are at the door welcoming it.
Additionally, opportunities favor a ready mind and because of that, we suggest that you start preparing for the future starting today so that you can become indispensable to the organization.
In conclusion, the waiting time is non-existent and you can get off work as fast as you put it in your pocket and this should be a wake-up call.