Into the unknown


One of the challenges of revolutions is that we’re not sure we’ve been in one until it’s over.

  • Those of us in our forties will be physically capable of working to 90.
  • The nature of the job is changing. The job horizon is the end of the project you’re on.
  • The competition for your next project is increasingly likely to be a form of automation as another person.
  • Knowledge is ubiquitous. What you know is a commodity.
  • Big organisations are cumbersome. Elephants may be able to dance, but only like those eliminated early on in Strictly.

Welcome to 2017

  • You’re future wellbeing is a factor not of qualifications or experience.
  • Understanding who you are, your purpose, and how you might serve that is the new MBA.
  • Your organisation cannot protect you. Even if it wanted to. It’s more vulnerable than you are.
  • Your opportunities are immense.

Think of it like your fitness training regime. Once you know how to use the machines, once your Fitbit is telling you what your metrics are, you’re into routine maintenance. constant incremental improvement at what you are doing. Your coach can advise, tell you how to improve, and motivate you. But that’s a finite horizon. It’s a project. In reality, you rarely need a coach for the routine stuff. Paying somebody to help you warm up and cool down is not smart.

It’s the next bit. The next project. The one where neither you, nor your coach knows the way. New territory. It changes everything:

It’s going to stretch you beyond reason. You need a coach, but as a fellow traveller, not a guide. She’s learning and discovering every bit much as you – but you’re better together. You need their skills, not so much for what they know, as who they are and what they are committed to. It’s like the move from the climbing wall to free climbing on the moon.

We can get consumed in delivering the here and now project, using what we know, being praised for it, and well rewarded. But if you’re not scared, you’re not learning. If you’re not learning, you’re likely condemned to a series of similar projects and ever reducing fulfilment. Your next project should scare you.

2017 is not a year, it’s a project.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: