How might we design the future of work?

 

Kreatives share their view at Siemens’ Leadership Event.


Everyone is talking about the future. 

The future of education. 

The future of business. 

The future of energy.

The future of automation.

The future of transportation. 

The future of everything! 

 

Thanks to technology, the pace at which the world changes is faster now than ever. Everyone is trying to grab sight at what the future will be? And the big firms are selling visions of what the future could be. One thing is for sure, the future cannot be predicted. As it has not happened. 

Yet, how do we prepare our organizations and our people to be future ready?

In Germany, the conversation around digital transformation and Industry 4.0 makes headlines everyday. On one end of spectrum, there is resistance to a more connected world. On the other end, there is a feeling of urgency in the air for change and transformation to happen. One thing is clear, change will need to happen in order to survive the pressures from the global players, customer expectations, and talent wars. 

Recently, MIT Technology Review published an article on every study they could find on automation and the impact on jobs. What they found from analyzing the data from companies, think tanks, and research institutions is that the data is inconsistent and no one is on the same page on how automation will impact jobs. 

Further, validating the point, the future can not be predicted. 

We cannot equip our leaders with the same organizational processes or frameworks (aka power points) of the past and expect them to be successful tomorrow.

Recently we had the opportunity to share our insights and learnings on the Future of Work with a group of Siemens HR Leaders in Munich, Germany. 

Kreatives_Siemens_FutureOfWork.png

We explored the question “How comfortable are you being uncomfortable?”

We know the future is change. And change means new and different- which is subsequent to harnessing the skills of creativity and an organizational culture and empowerment for innovation.

We need to invest into the skills and mindsets of tomorrow, today. Not at Q1 of 2020.

Kreatives_Siemens_AnnaMouchref.png

Special thanks to Anna Mouchref for inviting us. 

 

 

Franzi Sessler