Moe and Karie Willyerd talk about how to take the first steps to stretching your skills to future-proof yourself for tomorrow’s workplace.
The 33voices Edge Dialogue series — with Moe Abdou & Karie Willyerd
Regardless of what business you’re in today, the only way you’ll get and stay ahead is to continually expand your mind; both intellectually and emotionally. Never before has the pace of work been so rigorous, and the demands on our time been so scarce; still modern day survival favors those most willing to reinvent themselves — deliberately.
“It’s much easier to be successful than it is to be relevant…” U2’s frontman Bono is fond of saying; “…The tricks won’t keep you relevant. Tricks might keep you popular for a while, but in all honesty, I don’t know how U2 will stay relevant. I know we’ve got a future. I know we can fill stadiums. And yet with every record, I think, ‘Is this it? Are we still relevant?” That’s a tall order for any of us, but it’s an impossible task for anyone who doesn’t aspire towards a future that’s much bigger, and radically different than the past.
After decades of research and experience as entrepreneurs, business executives, and academics, Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick have written a convincing book, Stretch, to further highlight the urgency of future-proofing yourself. In it, they highlight three ‘Stretch Imperatives’ that when practiced with the required rigor, will exponentially elevate your sense of professional meaning. In my conversation with Karie, I dive into the specific strategies that will help you actualize the three imperatives, as well as share some practical mindset shifts that you can implement immediately.
Here’s a sample of what we discuss:
- What work is likely to look like 10 years from now
- The identity crisis that each of us will face in the future
- The three Stretch Imperatives:
- It’s all on you
- You need options
- You have dreams
- The 70-20-10 model
- Why excellence requires deliberate and intentional effort
- Bouncing forward – why it’s the key to thinking bigger
- The correlation between your beliefs & your ultimate experiences