Posted by admin on March 12, 2018 in , , , , , ,

We all know there are many aspects affecting the talent world and our day to day jobs.

I read every day about the changing world of talent: from what competencies we need to be an effective leader; to the workforce of the future; but how do we stay relevant?

In my humble view there are 3 main aspects that will directly affect our organisations:

  1. Change is a constant
  2. Artificial Intelligence / technology will grow
  3. Efficiencies are on the agenda: company profits are up but cost cutting is on the agenda

Change as we all know is here to stay but what I am curious about is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how this is going to impact the talent industry.

“AI is still years away! I do not need to think about this now” I hear you say…

Wrong!

AI is here and it is here now. It may be that your current employer or boss just has not told you it is being considered.

Fact:  If the majority of your role is administration related or follows a routine process, you have a 70% chance of being replaced by AI in the next 5 years. This is not the time to think it will never happen.

Take a moment to think about your job – on a day to day basis how much of your role could be automated?

Trust me your boss is already thinking about AI – if they are not they should be!

It is here people and now is the time to ask yourself this:

“How can I remain relevant, how do I sell myself and what do I need to do to remain relevant?”

Here are my 7 Tips

– Embrace that this is going to happen. Change your mindset and work with AI / technology, not against it

– Soft skills will remain in demand – empathy, sympathy, EQ – AI will not be able to compete with us humans on these – hone these skills

– Learn – re-train yourself and maybe take a tech based course

– Promote complex Problem Solving – this skill will still be in demand, particularly when it comes to change

– Learn and focus on Customer Experience (not service). If you don’t know the difference – get to know it!

– Adopt a solution skill set – AI will turn into a proactive problem-solving dream – but not for all areas i.e. sales or relationship management.

– Be curious and keep up to date: there is a new language in town and these things need to be in your vocabulary:

HCI – Human-Computer Interaction

Cognitive Environments

Pervasive AI

 

 

If these are new words to you – get curious! HCI may well be a major competency on the virtual Position Description in the not so distant future.

For a glimpse into what is around the corner, Seth Godin, IBM and Watson are on the cusp of a revolution and we all need to be aware of it – please check this link out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLZDyxLlNKRY_Kp5lVARXsEv3Uc3q5xbtl&time_continue=2&v=pE-V229Pj1Y

Are you willing to remain relevant?

Stephen Cushion – General Manager, Consulting

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