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The Future is Human

 Article inspired by Jordan Wang

In an era dominated by #ChatGPT, a closer examination reveals that the future is once again centered around people. The advent of generative AI has swiftly transformed the world, and we are just beginning to grasp the magnitude and consequences of this revolution.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2023, a significant portion of jobs are poised to undergo changes within the next five years. These transformations are being driven by overarching trends like AI, digitization, and the transition towards green energy.

What’s particularly intriguing is that the skills of 44% of workers will be disrupted during this period. Moreover, by 2027, six out of ten workers will need to undergo upskilling or reskilling, with a particular emphasis on areas related to interpersonal skills, leadership, and emotional intelligence.

As this new reality continues to unfold, it becomes increasingly evident that these crucial skills, which are rapidly gaining prominence, must be given top priority in the corporate growth and upskilling strategies of every organization.

What is needed to be future fit?  Leadership, Social Influence, Resilience, Adaptability, and Creativity. The future has arrived, and it revolves around the power of human potential. Let’s take a look at how each of these plays out for us:

Leadership in an AI-driven future:

To be a better leader one must develop digital literacy along with embracing human skills.  Learn to foster collaboration and embrace innovation. Take time to learn what it means to be digitally literate (Wikipedia definition of digital literacy) and leverage the appropriate tools to nurture trust, encourage adaptability and inspire innovation. Trust, adaptability and being inspiring are the human strengths that we need to hone. This along with staying informed about emerging technologies and promoting teamwork we will enable us to constantly navigate the evolving landscape. This article was created copying Jordan Wangs post from Linkedin into ChatGPT. The regenerated response stimulated ideas for this article. Once I had the ideas, I am better able to provide my personal insights and provide value to my network.

Social Influence in an AI-driven future:

Demonstrating social influence in a future where AI and ChatGPT can be intimidating requires us to build authentic connections.  This necessitates the need to embrace transparency as a way to build greater trust. We need to convey our messages clearly and emphasize human value by promoting collaboration and inclusion. Talking about the fears associated with AI and championing its human value creates awareness, reduces fear, and allows us to connect with colleagues and peers in an authentic way.

Resilience in an AI-driven future:

Displaying resilience where AI and Chat GPT may evoke uncertainty requires us to build a network and prioritize self-care.  Being continuous learners will help us understand the benefits and risks associated with AI and ChatGPT. Learning to leverage the value of generative AI is how we develop our digital literacy. This enhances our ability to leverage the digital tools at our disposal enabling us to demonstrate higher levels understanding and be more empathetic. This goes hand-in-hand with self-care! As we become more and more connected, the digital tools induce endorphins that make switching off difficult to do. We must learn to detach from the technology and seek ways to not only balance work and life, but to find harmony with technology as we work and experience life. Adapting and staying informed allows us to maintain a positive outlook. Seeking support and practicing self-care builds on social influence as we can lean into this support and navigate challenges confidently with people around us whether it be coworkers or family. This is what will allow us to embrace the potential of AI and ChatGPT.

Adaptability in an AI-driven future:

Exhibiting better adaptability with AI and ChatGPT requires that we embrace a growth mindset and develop transferable, durable skills. Much like resilience, adaptability requires that we embrace a growth mindset and stay informed through continuous learning (including digital literacy). The key to adaptability lies in developing durable skills that once transferred, remain relevant no matter what the circumstances. In times of ease and low pressure, we excel at teamwork, collaboration, and consensus-building. It is during challenging moments that we truly test our ability to lead teams, foster innovation, and achieve consensus. By being adaptable, we can effectively leverage AI technologies and embrace them in our strategies. Much like this article where generative AI was used for ideation.

Creativity in an AI-driven future:

In a future world where AI and ChatGPT are dominant, enhancing creativity becomes crucial. Humans by nature are curious creatures and we need to embrace this element of curiosity by thinking beyond our boundaries. This implies that we collaborate with diverse teams, seek inspiration from diverse sources and leverage AI as a support tool. Doing this will unleash our creativity to generate innovate ideas around whatever the future of AI holds for us.

When reading this, chances are you are reading it in context of a leader. If you are a leader, consider the value to your organization if individual contributors on your team to have the ability to take the lead on crucial projects, effectively engage socially and have the resilience and adaptability they need to innovate. This will free up your time as a leader to be more strategic and growth focused.

If you are an individual contributor or team member reading this, consider how important durable skills are. Are you ready to take command of your work and personal life by upskilling yourself. This is an indicator to your employer that you are self-directed and invested the organizations success. If your current employer does not like it, you will have invested in durable skills that makes you employable elsewhere.

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