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Change ISN’T just coming. It has arrived

Since the start of industrialisation, we have seen the possibility that one day technology may overwhelm our lives and may one day replace us. Hundreds of movies of a robot takeover or of a coexistence have been made under the sci-fi category, but this time, we know that perhaps this genre, the part which includes a technology-filled world, will soon become a reality. Automated car-making giant Tesla has recently revealed plans of a Tesla robot, one that can replace menial labour such as grocery shopping. The project is also slated to be completed by 2022, earliest. The truth can be difficult to swallow, yet it is not. Technology has proven itself to be an invaluable tool to us in this digital age. Losing our phones is a lot more serious than losing almost anything else. This reliance means more than just linear and progressive transformation, but a complete revamp of what we know. Think about it this way - 20 years ago, we could never have thought of the reality that is today. Self-driving cars, social media and various technological gizmos were but a myth, yet it stands today as something we all around us. Change is no longer coming. It has arrived.

What does this mean for the world? Well, the truth is harsh but unfortunately, many jobs and industries will be replaced. Many industries have turned sunset since the last decade, with the pace of many more increasing as the years go by. The awful truth is that Covid-19 has also sped up this process. Being forced to isolate from civilisation and turning to digital meetings have become what we termed the new-normal. We can lament all we want, but the aftereffects are setting in.

The sort of jobs that will disappear are naturally those that belong to the physical and manual spectrum. Think about the industries that have slowly lost its shine - things that were once a necessity. Printing press used to be a growing and strong industry, but has seen lost its footing. Manufacturing has also become more automated, where the machinery does the bulk of the work while the humans merely monitor the process. (One day, or perhaps even now, just a single person can control an entire army of manufacturing processes simultaneously, rendering everyone else obsolete.)

The problem with digital transformations, and what you need to prepare for the future.

As above, I have mentioned that the possibility of manual and physical labour becoming a thing of the past is increasing in likelihood. So, what is the back-up plan?

Well, the simplistic view would be looking towards the opposite end of the spectrum. Jobs that entail a more Social, Emotional and Cognitive (SEC) approach are set to incline. These are traits that machines find hard to replicate, and it is something that goes against the logic-based programming they are derived from. Understandably, the presence of big data and deep-learning can transform machines and instill in them a humanistic outlook, but it is difficult (and possibly unlikely) to have the same emotional compass and empathy that a human possesses.

In fact, amidst all the technological buzz, these traits have already proven itself to provide an edge over the rest. Studies have shown that individuals possessing SEC traits are shown to have higher income levels, and increased job satisfaction. Two of the things that are essential for a happy career (Good money and an enjoyable job).

Making the intangible skills tangible.

I hope I have convinced you of the importance and truth behind the SEC skills. You may wonder then that these are intangible skills that cannot be shown on paper, so how do you actually show this to your bosses, clients and those around you?

There are many ways that you can explore this. Take for instance the concept of how you derive an individual to be more trustworthy, despite knowing the person for only a few hours. Or even how you determine a person to be understanding or emotionally apathetic. Read the room I say.

These individuals who you often find amicable and delightful to be around can read the room. The DISC approach has shown to be a good benchmark for how you can do that. Of course, you cannot possibly get everyone (including those you know) to take a DISC test and slowly strategise. The spontaneity and ability to read the room is what makes people stand out.

That said, the DISC approach entails more than behavioural awareness. There is a distinct need for better management, to make better decisions for their staff and those around them. This management skills should be utilised not only in terms of team management, but individually managing oneself. Hence, DISC serves to also provide an ability to better execute tasks, undertake innovative practices and to be better than the rest.

The DISC protocol is more than just a simple test. It takes practice, and it is definitely not something you can effectively execute through the internet. It is important for proper-tailored guidance since everyone works differently. Brydan Group is THE master distributor for the DISC tool and our proven track record has shown that we are the leading coach.

Have a sit down with us. You won’t regret it.


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