The future is chaotic, and not because it’s in the uncertain zone.
The world’s future leaders — the innovative thinkers and the ones who will make a significant impact in the world — live in chaos and thrive on instability.
“If this year belongs to anyone, it is the change agent,” David Armano, who leads global innovation at Edelman Digital, told Josie Gibson at Innovation Excellence. “You may be thinking ‘That’s exactly what I am’, but chances are, if you aren’t frustrated or feeling like you are constantly hitting wall after wall, you may not be the change agent you think you are. It’s a thankless job, but a necessary one, now more than ever.”
Meet Generation Flux. They’re not defined by age and not mutually exclusive of Generation X, Y or Z. They’re defined simply by how they operate. To be a member of this generation, you have to feel as if you’re always competing, always innovating. Sounds exhausting, yes, but it’s crucial in this fast-changing business climate.
As Charles Darwin predicted, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
Robert Safian writes in FastCompany:
Any business that ignores these transformations does so at its own peril. Despite recession, currency crises, and tremors of financial instability, the pace of disruption is roaring ahead…The next decade or two will be defined more by fluidity than by any new, settled paradigm; if there is a pattern to all this, it is that there is no pattern. The most valuable insight is that we are, in a critical sense, in a time of chaos.
They are the members of Generation Flux. This is less a demographic designation than a psychographic one: What defines GenFlux is a mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates–and even enjoys–recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions. Not everyone will join Generation Flux, but to be successful, businesses and individuals will have to work at it. This is no simple task. The vast bulk of our institutions–educational, corporate, political–are not built for flux. Few traditional career tactics train us for an era where the most important skill is the ability to acquire new skills.
To make it in this environment, you don’t have to be a genius or be good at everything, but you do have to be open-minded and organised in your own way. Get rid of anything that makes you avoid risks. Just because something’s worked in the past, doesn’t mean you should depend on it working again in the future. Try new things. Constantly grasp for the unknown and don’t define yourself with innocuous workplace characteristics.
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