Ever consider the true course of your own professional evolution?
On one hand, you depend far too much on the latest and greatest tech tools to make you look more professionally competent than you really are. How is that working for you, when selling to skeptical technical decision makers?
On the other hand, you may be isolating yourself by relying on yesterday’s tools to deliver today’s and tomorrow’s answers. As a result, you are an organizational anachronism.
Professional evolution weighs technology advances against critical thinking skills.
Yes, the latest and greatest tools make you more technologically competent. However, can you extrapolate implications from the data generated from technology tools you use? Or do you present data and then rely on decision makers to do the rest?
Have your overall business acumen and expertise evolved as a result of using these tools? Or do you trust the conclusions offered by the tech tools, without validating thoroughly? After all, those tech tools are not infallible. They only are as good as the data which train their algorithms.
Overall, developing your professional evolution pathway, within today’s globally connected, competitive ecosystems, involves critical thinking skills. Do the data make sense, or not? And why, as the data relate to the interconnected problems being solved?
Are you comfortable with these demands on your job functionality? Or do these questions move you at least one millimeter outside your current comfort level?
Then again, are you still using the same professional tools you used, let’s say 7 years ago, at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
From your perspective, spreadsheet-based forms continue to function as your go-to tech tools. Besides, your STEM training instills critical thinking skills in how you do your job. However, no one outside of your professional discipline understands what you are saying. Unfortunately, that scenario has not changed, at all, over the last 7 years.
Besides, your job functionality no longer involves isolated, specific tasks and forms which are not meaningful to colleagues outside your professional discipline. Instead, the organization has evolved. So must you. Your professional evolution pathway calls on you to become interoperable, like the machines and software systems ubiquitous to IoT business and operational ecosystems.
Does becoming more collaborative and organizationally interoperable move you one millimeter outside of what makes you comfortable?
Regardless of where you sit around today’s digitally connected, IoT business tables, professional evolution involves far more than technology tools.
Interestingly, the more tech tools involved, the greater the need for multidisciplinary collaboration. These tools make each of us more efficient. Except, organizations – regardless of their size – are still inundated by a data tsunami and the need for more interoperable systems than their business model potentially accommodates.
That is why, as business professionals of worth, our professional evolution requires us to find a way of communicating. With the folks who are not trained to think the way we do and who may not make decisions the way we do. Together, we make sense of the seeming chaos.
After all, at the end of the day, technology still remains a tool for professional evolution, not the goal.
- What are your digital convergence challenges?
- How have you made strides in working with colleagues in other departments, who tend to make you professionally uncomfortable?
- When will you revise your professional evolution pathway? How about right now?
Is it time to take the next steps towards professional evolution, for you and your organization?
Babette Ten Haken, Founder & President of One Millimeter Mindset™ serves organizations as a corporate catalyst and innovative speaker, strategist, coach and storyteller. Babette’s One Millimeter Mindset™ Workshops and Speaking programs leverage collaboration to catalyze professional innovation, workforce engagement and customer retention, especially in challenging Industrial Internet of Things environments. Babette’s playbook of IIoT team collaboration hacks, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon. She is a member of SME, ASQ, SHRM and the National Speakers Association. Image author: jdavenpot85 Image source: Fotolia