The top headline in the tech sphere today is Foxconn replaces 60K workers with robots. Experts are seeing it from an economy perspective, employment perspective and then there are automation experts raving about the power of automation and bringing efficiency. And then there are some more.
Is this a shocking news? Ah, may be to a person who is going to lose the job. People should not be surprised by this. We have been implementing automation for increasing efficiency for many-many decades now. A simple message I have is if a worker or business does not stay ahead in the game, then starting digging a graveyard for your role.
This does not apply only to manufacturing industries but any other segment. Today artificial intelligence, business intelligence and many other types of intelligence are replacing jobs of information workers and bringing much more efficiency to the process. What can we do as individuals? Stay ahead. Identify the patterns, see where the industry is heading, research, learn, un-learn, get uncomfortable, make complacency a thing of past and start doing things computers or robots cannot do in the next two years. Not all of us are able to predict the future but we certainly can match its pace. And if you are a business, then there is a tough road ahead as you got to innovate but start by understanding what innovation really means for you.
Importance of questions (better questions to be more precise) remains understated and misunderstood for most of us. It is more meaningful to have the right questions then the incorrect or irrelevant answers in our war chest.
Spend 5 minutes going through this wonderful strip on “Questions and Answers”.
How is the culture of your team? Do you want to improve it or transform it all together? What would you do?
Let’s start with definition of “culture”. What is a definition of culture?
One definition that I like is ” A culture is a way of life of a group of people–the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.
Culture in its broadest sense is cultivated behavior; that is the totality of a person’s learned, accumulated experience which is socially transmitted, or more briefly, behavior through social learning.”
If you are not happy with the culture around you and want to re-define it, start with defining your own culture and transforming yourself. Each thing that you do and perform should be a reflection of that culture. Culture both good and bad are infectious. Create a culture that infectious that it propagates at the pace of fire without you having to tell people in your organisation that you are trying to change it! Be passionate about it. Immerse, live and breathe the culture you want to spread in your house, your team or your whole organisation.
Culture is a very personal thing and should not be copied from other teams or organisations just for the sake of it. Like many things copy and paste strategy will not work. Things that work well elsewhere will not necessarily work at your organisation because the people and the story is different.
Stories and actions stick. Long agendas and meetings don’t neither do empty promises. Also “You” define the culture not just fancy Power Point decks or beautifully decorated posters.
We all complain. Some do little, some do too much of it. Some about everything and some about specific aspects that they dislike.
When you complain’s constantly just because you can (and one thinks that it is their God given right) , it can get annoying for others and frustrating for you as they never seem to go anywhere. Don’t blame if others start completely ignoring you and your complains!
But complaints get more attention when they are meant to lead to improvement, both for you and other parties involved. What I call win-win situation! Part of your complain should also include message on how resolving it will benefit the other party and many other people like you and provide a long lasting effect.
Where do you fit in? The more value you add – to the person, the conversation, the group, the organisation, the not-for-profit, to the relation – the more people will want to talk to you and importantly listen to you.
How many times do we read this? How many times to we hear “Be Yourself”? We may even have advised few people that they should be themselves and not pretend to live someone else’s life. But every now and then we may forget this message ourselves, especially when we are rushing through life and chasing “things” that may not necessarily add a long term value to us. Write this piece of advice for yourself, etch it in your mind and heart, put this as a background on your phone. Being yourself will make you happy, you will feel the freedom and feeling of liberation.
And yes, you can always keep on improving “Yourself”.
Complaining might make you feel important, but that in itself does not add value to yourself or others.
So should we stop complaining? Yes, if we can but at the very least try to have a solution for a problem when you complain about something, someone or someplace. Complaining might be a birth right to most and a privilege to some. If you hold that privilege then make the most of it to bring about a positive change. Make your complains matter that will make a difference to someone.