Managing Partner @VOGGS MEDIA / Performance Advertiser / 5x Facebook Blueprint certified / 3x seen in Forbes
In my previous article, I discussed how the world of work is rapidly changing. You can read the first installment here. If you have already read it, let’s dive into part two to learn how to adapt to this changing landscape.
Remember that not all of your new projects have to be profitable at first glance.
Let’s be honest here: How many times have you dropped a project or a thought simply because it didn’t seem to be a good money yield? Our instantaneous thought of money when engaging in new business undertakings can often kill off any inspiration or innovation. It keeps us contained in always thinking of profit instead of what would be really meaningful, important or innovative.
Don’t get me wrong: I don’t encourage you to make bad decisions in your company that only cost you money. But when there is a new spark of thinking rising up within you, don’t abandon it because of a questionable return on investment. Go after that idea, put some thought into it and perhaps this inspiration will start to grow into something tangible.
Then you can figure out how to make it work in the business setting. However, at first, you have to give yourself the space to expand your mind around that new idea.
How to incorporate it: My recommendation is to jot down any ideas that go through your mind in your day-to-day life. By simply keeping a notebook and a pen handy or setting up an easily accessible note app on your homescreen, you can keep the inspiration flowing.
Tread the cutting edge.
Technological advances are arising on a near-daily basis. Never before in the history of humanity has progress been so fast. So many branches of business are constantly being leveled up by new innovations.
Keep your eyes on this development. Observe it closely. Don’t shy away from the unknown territory of novelty. Approach it with fresh eyes and be a student to the people who have gained a greater understanding of the subject — no matter their age or authority.
This openness will be highly rewarded. Developing highly practical solutions to new and pressing problems is readily welcome in these times. A dynamic generation of people who are now in their 20s and 30s is highly motivated and solvent to afford attractive, pioneering innovations.
How to incorporate it: Visit tech exhibits in your industry and brainstorm with your creative tech team.
Get ready to get involved.
Simply jumping right into the action of the current market might not yield the outcome you desire. Spontaneous risk and taking uncalculated risks could potentially end in an unpleasant experience. As a business person, you know this well. That’s why you need to plan well ahead of time to make an informed decision.
Take into account the opinions and perspectives of numerous experts or people who are close to these new developments. See if there is a consensus that you can work with. Then implement it in ways that will best benefit your individual goals.
How to incorporate it: Write things down. Put the steps and plans in writing and review them with knowledgeable and trusty business partners or experts.
Consider military-style, cross-functional collaborations.
Decentralized command and cross-functional collaborations are key factors of many military operations. After everyone has a clear picture of the mission and has been briefed on the various details, the individual units make their own decisions on how they go about fulfilling that objective. This makes them able to quickly adapt and react to unforeseen circumstances and, therefore, makes them an unpredictable force for the enemy.
How to incorporate it: Don’t let your employees or yourself become easy targets for the many challenges that rise up in day-to-day business. Be extra sure your coworkers know exactly what the goal is and why it’s important for you all to reach it. Give them incentives for reaching that goal and help them see the bigger picture. As well, keep them accountable for it and clearly talk with them about arising issues.
Be a leader.
This one ties in closely with my previous point. You have to lead clearly to communicate clearly. Your intentions have to be solid so that your coworkers, employees and business partners can feel that you know where you are going. If you truly have that intricate motivation and bring it across well to your people, they will also work with an internal motor driving their actions in the workplace — and you don’t have to constantly worry whether they are actually working or simply letting the clock tick down.
They will also adopt a growth mindset. They will see the value in learning new skills, being able to adapt to changing circumstances and saying no to distractions. I employ “knowledge sponges” who pour on new challenges and create the best possible outcomes not only for the company but for themselves as well.
How to incorporate it: Start with yourself. Get very clear about your own vision. Make sure you can clearly see and feel that “why.” Again, write it down.
Take it step by step.
Every day, write down your answers to the questions in the section in my previous article, “First things first: Don’t get overwhelmed.” Find someone who will support you and hold you accountable.
Piece by piece, you will become a future-proof leader who confidently looks to what’s to come. Because you’re ready for it.