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Taming the Tide: Staying Afloat in the Ever-Changing Sea of Technology and Business

Monday, 12 February 2024 | Bedeman, Louise

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Taming the Tide: Staying Afloat in the Ever-Changing Sea of Technology and Business - Louise Bedeman - GM:Training @ pm.ideas

 

With the memories of sea, sand, surf and sunshine still fresh in our minds, I would like to talk about the ever-changing pace of change.

The world of technology and business is a relentless ocean, its currents swirling with advancements and disruptions. What was cutting-edge yesterday can feel obsolete today, leaving many feeling like they are constantly chasing the next big thing. For those wanting to avoid being swept away, the question becomes: how do we stay relevant?

Fear not, intrepid navigator, for here are some tools to keep you buoyant in this dynamic sea:

Embrace Lifelong Learning: Forget diplomas and certificates, your education is now a continuous voyage. Invest in online courses, industry workshops, conferences, and even casual podcasts. Immerse yourself in the latest trends, tools, and methodologies. Remember, learning isn‘t just about acquiring knowledge, it‘s about developing a growth mindset - an insatiable curiosity for the unfamiliar.

Seek mentorship: Find experienced individuals in your field who can guide you through the learning process and share their insights. A mentor can provide invaluable advice and help you navigate the complexities of your chosen path. Or become a mentor yourself. Share your knowledge and experience with others. By mentoring others, you not only solidify your own understanding but also contribute to the growth of the community.

Nurture your Curiosity: Don‘t let your professional focus become tunnel vision. Explore fields tangential to your own. Peek into the labs of scientists, the studios of designers, the bustling hubs of startups. Inspiration and innovation often strike from unexpected corners.

Become a Network Weaver: Connect with peers, mentors, and thought leaders within your industry and beyond. Join online communities, attend meet-ups, and participate in discussions. Networking isn‘t just about collecting cards, it‘s about forging relationships, sparking collaborations, and staying abreast of collective wisdom.

Experiment and Iterate: Don‘t be afraid to jump into the unknown. Take calculated risks, prototype new ideas, and embrace failure as a stepping stone. The fast pace of change demands agility and experimentation. Learn from each iteration, refine your approach, and keep churning the gears of innovation.

Sharpen your Critical Thinking: In a world of information overload, the ability to discern fact from fiction, discern trends from fads, and identify opportunities amidst the noise is crucial. Develop your analytical skills, learn to question assumptions, and avoid the echo chambers of confirmation bias.

Cultivate Adaptability: Embrace change as a constant, not a threat. See disruptions as opportunities to reinvent yourself and your skills. Develop the mental agility to shift gears, learn new skills, and adjust your sails to changing winds.

Remember the Human Touch: While technology may rule the day, don‘t neglect the power of human connection. Empathy, communication, and collaboration are timeless skills that will always be in demand. Foster genuine relationships with clients, colleagues, and customers. Understand their needs, tailor your solutions, and inject a human touch into a tech-driven world.

Staying relevant in a dynamic world isn‘t a one-time sprint, it‘s a lifelong marathon. By embracing these strategies, you can become a skilled surfer, riding the waves of change with confidence and grace. Remember, it‘s not about staying ahead of the curve, it‘s about learning to dance with it. So, raise your sails, fellow voyager, and chart your course toward a future of endless possibilities.

Bonus Tip: Bookmark this article and read it again every few months. As you learn and grow, your perspective on these tips will evolve, revealing new layers of meaning and guiding you on your ongoing journey of relevance.

 New skills to invest in:  Look on our website (www.pm-ideas.net)  for some popular market trend courses we have on offer. Three that I believe is a must have currently  are Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master(DASM) ; AgileBA® (Agile Business Analysis) and AgileDS™ (Agile Digital Services).    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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