At Compass we believe that the future of work will be defined by our ability to synchronize the work we do for ourselves with the work we do for the world. At the center of this, is Purpose.
In this Century, change is a constant that moves at the speed of light.
Many are asking, “where does that leave me?”
This question has been answered with a lot of doom and gloom. Uncertainty is always a confrontation of two perspectives: fear or curiosity. Human beings are predictably resistant to change, but also predictably embracing of new frontiers.
We’ve read the statistics:
47% of today’s jobs will be gone in 10 years
65% of jobs have not been created for children currently in elementary school
4 of 5 CEOs say the skills gap in creativity and problem solving make hiring difficult
These statistics are meant to point out the gaps between our world now and our world tomorrow. To many, this causes fear, paralysis, anxiety, frustration, and dissatisfaction. The reasons are many, but a big cause is that the individual is seemingly being replaced by the system.
AI. Automation. Machine Learning. Robotics. Gigs, not jobs.
To many, these trends can feel like extinction events. And we don’t blame people for feeling this way. Governments, corporations, education systems are slow to adapt and serve humanity. In the midst of these institutions protecting their own survival, the individual is left to a life of massive uncertainty and a sense of powerlessness. The traditional educational path and the prospect of acquiring a skill which may be obsolete in 5 years is frightening.
For Compass, our position is that it does no good to wish none of this were true. We believe human beings are better equipped for uncertainty than we are for predictability. It’s once again time for the human being to shine.
We must learn to see the future of work as an opportunity, not a crisis.
Work is where we spend the majority of our lives. Work is our greatest outlet of self-expression, and the human being is a self-expressive creature. It is as true an operating principle to our nature as breathing oxygen.
Humanity will continue to express itself through work, and in fact, the future will offer more opportunities for self-expression, not less.
Mechanical processes and skills that created “results” defined the prior era, while agile, emotional, and imaginative skills that create “emergence” will define this era.
The future of work, the future of skills, will be defined by our ability to develop tools that instrumentalize imagination and empathy, are sustained by authentic self-leadership, and not sabotaged by the “tyranny of the possible.”
This world of constant self-reinvention we’re approaching can be seen as an adventure, an opportunity for an ever-evolving quest of self-expression and agency. Like an artist mastering her craft over the course of a lifetime, the work of an individual will be a quest to consistently operate from a place of meaning, authenticity, and integrity, which can only naturally emerge from knowing our core purpose, values, strengths, inspirations, talents, and true north. Our Compass.