Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant

What’s next?

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2010 at 6:39 pm

With 2011 coming soon, we need to start planning for the new year and thinking about the future. What are the best opportunities for us, our team, and our organization in the next few years?

Read, listen, and pay attention to what is changing in our world. Last night, 60 Minutes had a segment on how Brazil is positioned to be the fifth biggest economy in the world and is currently larger than the combination of all the other countries in South America. This morning, I heard a segment on NPR about the electric car’s introduction in Denmark and Israel, and it’s potential in the United States. Look at the growth in medical marijuana. Think about generic drugs worldwide. What are the best opportunities for your own future?

Most people do not like change….or even thinking about change. I’m going to suggest that it is more important than ever, in this economy and at this time, to shift that attitude. Try to see the advantage of changing your mindset so you can identify these opportunities earlier than your competitors and capitalize on them.

Consider brainstorming possibilities and scenarios with your colleagues and friends who are interested in the future and have had a track record of calling things right in the past. Remember, one of the keys in competency-based thinking is past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.

It takes initiative, and even more importantly, conceptual skills.  Read books by futurists. Identify trends. Be open to new ideas and the possibility of taking calculated risks.  Being in the same place next year is not an option if your goal is success…..or even survival.

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