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We are currently living through an era of unprecedented change. The internet, in all her glory, is responsible for much of the disruption but it’s only the beginning. Every day we hear of a radical new breakthrough in robotics or artificial intelligence and automation is already taking sizeable bites out of the current job market. According to a report released in June 2015 by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, up to five million Australian jobs are likely to be automated by 2030. This sentiment is echoed in Martin Ford’s 2015 critically acclaimed book, ‘The Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment’. In it he warns that a large number of university educated, white-collar workers will soon be threatened by new advances in technology. And that the service sectors of countries with advanced economies (eg Australia) are most at risk.

and informed by the diversity of their experience. Which requires them to be open, ready to learn and eternally engaged. Those with an aptitude for empathy will find greater success in business and life. To intimately know your customer, your competitor and your colleagues is a considerable advantage. To have an endless supply of ideas that are born from the needs of others is now imperative. How versed are you in observing, exploring, collecting, listening and sensing? How far will you go to learn from, absorb and integrate the information that surrounds you?

What is crucial to appreciate when speaking about digital disruption is that it’s indiscriminate in its’ application. If they can write an algorithm for it, they will. And they are. Soon, every one of us will need to rethink our strategy for relevance. We’ll need skills that reflect a landscape still undefined. Our success tomorrow depends entirely on our willingness to innovate today. But not just our products or our processes, we need to innovate ourselves. So where do we look for attitudes, behaviours and mindsets that will serve us in a world as complex as it is ambiguous? Who is already fluent, experienced and at ease with such uncertainty? The Artisans Some of us survived the industrialised ideology of last century with our creativity in tact. A courageous few remained close to their innate impulse for imagineering. And now we need them more than ever. These are the Artisans. They write, paint, dance, or play; build, mould, bake, or shape. As an answer to, in spite of and without regard for a world that placed little or no value on their work. Though their expression may show up in wildly different ways, Artisans share a particular set of attributes that are becoming increasingly valuable to all of us. They seek Artisans are by nature furiously curious beings. They are driven by a deep desire to know and feel the world around them. Their work is both inspired

They feel An Artisan is a master of self-awareness. They spend a great deal of time reflecting, deconstructing, reframing and contemplating. They make the time to examine themselves and their world from countless vantage points. In today’s supercharged workplace, it’s essential to know who we are and why. To make decisions that serve our professional goals while remaining true to our personal values is critical if we are to succeed in the long game. In a global study conducted by Korn Ferry in 2015, C-Suite leaders voted self awareness as the number GLOSS FEBRUARY - MARCH 2016 | 31

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