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Your Forward-Thinking Superpower

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future. It’s clear we‘re at a tipping point. Although this shift is unsettling, chaos allows one to think differently and adapt rapidly.

AI has been with us for a while. Alan Turing coined the phrase in 1950, and AI technology has continued to mature. Besides Watson, we’ve had AI innovations integrated into our daily lives. Think of speech recognition software, your friendly Roomba, or Siri and Alexa.

What’s different about this moment is how businesses adopt AI and automate. Although various factors impact our job market, AI is contributing to both the elimination and creation of jobs. Currently, we’re more weighted on the elimination side because businesses are determining how and what to staff.

Staying ahead of the curve can be challenging. It’s important to remember that AI requires human collaboration and decision-making. Your most valuable skill is your ability to contribute to your group’s collective intelligence. Psychologist Anita Woolley’s studies have shown that a team becomes more collectively intelligent when the conversation in a meeting isn’t dominated by one or a few people. Here are some ideas for refining your skills in speaking up and speaking less in meetings:

Ways to speak up more -

  • Create two questions to ask.

  • Interject by stating the moderator’s name and saying, “We might also consider...”

  • Politely agree or disagree verbally with what’s been said.

Ways to speak up less -

  • Ask clarifying questions.

  • Allow others to go first.

  • Master your ability to pause.

Remember, what seems chaotic is an opportunity to rethink, redo, and revitalize. Developing your social perceptiveness and soft skills will be your forward-thinking superpower.

Executive Coaching to develop your leadership.

Career Coaching to strategize your career.

Power Camp Retreats to expand your professional presence.

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