Are you a leader or business owner looking for a way to get prepared for the robot economy?

Robots disrupt

According to the World Economic Forum, as many as 7.1 million jobs could be lost through redundancy, automation or disintermediation by 2020.
A 2017 McKinsey Global Institute report indicated that nearly half of all the work we do today could be automated by the year 2055.
So, what does this mean to you?
It simply means robots are going to disrupt your job, business and family.

Future of work requires creativity

There is no way humans can compete with robots in terms of programmable tasks and productivity. However, one way humans can differentiate from robots is via creativity.
Creativity is the quality that separates human beings and robots, as robots are not as creative as humans, at least for the time being.
In an article from World Economic Forum titled The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it indicated that creativity is the most important and relevant skill. Creativity was ranked as #10 skill in year 2015, it is expected to jump to #3 skill in year 2020.

How to get yourself prepared for future of work

The earlier you get yourself prepared, the better. You should proactively manage your job, career or business.
To help you get ready and prepared for the robot economy, you can make use of the following 4A-process I developed for you.

The 4A-process

So, how do you survive and thrive in the creative and robot economy?
You can adopt this 4A (Aware, Accept, Adapt and Accelerate) game plan.

  • First, you have to be AWARE that robots are here and your career or business is at risk.
  • Second, you have to ACCEPT the fact that robots are on the rise and bring disruptions.
  • Thirdly, you have to ADAPT, moving yourself up the value chain towards creativity and innovation.
  • Last but not least, you have to ACCELERATE the team learning and creativity, building creative edge over robots.

Next steps

You should start preparing yourself now for the future with the 4A-process (Aware, Accept, Adapt and Accelerate). The following questions might help you.

  1. AWARE: are you / your teams aware that robots and automation are having an impact on your jobs?
  2. ACCEPT: are you / your teams accepting that robots and automation are increasingly of use in the workplaces? There is no way you can run against this trend.
  3. ADAPT: can you / your teams move up the job value chain rapidly and start focusing on creative or innovative input? Can you “outsource” some of the low-value, repetitive tasks to robots?
  4. ACCELERATE: are you / your teams committed to continuous learning? Are you / your teams committed to the journey of continuous creativity and innovation?
    So, take actions today!

About Dickson T
Dickson T is the founder of DicksonLeader.com, helping individuals, leaders and business owners prepare for the future of work. He is also the author of an upcoming book “Leadership for future of work: 9 ways to build career edge over robots with human creativity”. You should follow him on Twitter @imDicksonT


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