Success Trends for 2015. If you are one of the rare people who have the ability to see the future in rich detail congratulations! This skill is exceptional. According to research by TTI Success Insights, less than 3% of the people in the U.S. have some mastery of this skill. On a 10-point scale, the mean of people who possess futuristic thinking as a developed skill is only 2.8. For the rest of us, watching trends is critical, especially as it pertains to the success of our organizations.
Here are some success trends to watch by Bill J. Bonnstetter, Chairman and Founder of TTI Success Insights.
THE RISE OF SOFT SKILLS
The future of work will entail the continued migration from tangible work, like manufacturing, to more intangible work throughout the world. In the US, for instance, much of our manufacturing has gone away and become more automated. We are going to see developing countries follow the US in this trend.
As a result, more soft skills are going to be required. Available work is going to become more service-related, more relationship-based. Workers will need to develop more of these skills to continue to perform at work.
These skills are not curriculum-based; they are not learned in a classroom. They are learned on the job and in life, through activities. Therefore, companies will need to provide more activities to help build these skills.
CONTINUAL TRAINING & LEARNING
As part of the selection & recruitment process, HR departments and managers must search out workers who have positive attitudes toward continuous learning and be willing to embrace consistent advancements in the skills they need to possess.
For large corporations, the real bottom line of the future of work is that they will have stronger teams, those built on a solid foundation of skill-based learning and have much closer relationships to their customers.
Companies that find success will be those that know how to service their customers. Their customers are the true beneficiaries of this new relationship with the people. Given the rise of technology and social media as the domain of the people—and customer—if companies don’t have those highly developed soft skills, both internally and externally, then one negative brand interaction can go worldwide in a minute, causing severe damage to the brand.
STABILIZING THE STRESS FACTOR
Stress management, as part of talent management, is going to be part of the future workforce. As we develop, jobs will be re-engineered to eliminate as much of the negative stress as possible.
While a certain degree of stress adds to workplace efficiency and goal accomplishment, too much stress results in frustration and feelings of being overwhelmed and unappreciated. This level of stress leads to burnout and a possible loss of a valuable staff member.
Those who see the value in fostering their futuristic thinking ability might benefit from these strategies. Find a mentor who is an innovator or thought leader in your industry. Study how they go about making decisions and listen to their thoughts on the future of your industry. Read books, articles and blogs of thought leaders and innovators regularly. Engage in conversations with them. Finally, push yourself to come up with a theory about a future-thinking trend in your industry that may become reality several years from now. Write your theory down. Spend time and energy developing it. This practice will open up new neural pathways that can help to foster future thinking in your mind.
Exercising your futuristic thinking skills and taking time to ponder the future of work may put you in a stronger position to make the most of new opportunities—even those far in front of you.
MDS is a Value Added Associate of TTI Assessment Products. Contact us for a review and sampling of these assessment solutions at 254-776-6306 or firstname.lastname@example.org