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Being UP yourself is a competitive advantage

Alexandria Joy - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What if the solution to your career success was being more UP Yourself?

What if a confidence crisis could be holding you back from sharing your unique power with the world?

My homeland Australia, is also undergoing an identity crisis. As a nation we are playing safe. We are being bland, safe and ordinary. We are so politically correct, overly regulated and protective that we are completely straight jacketed.

We're so afraid of saying the wrong thing, concerned about what other people think of us and craving being liked and collecting "likes" that we're down for the count.

What happened to the real Aussies? Brave, pioneering Aussies.

What happened to the real you? Brave, unique you.

You know the raw and real one, the one that is happy to be honest and authentic, to be great or even bloody brilliant.

According to research by Dale Carnegie over 71% of employees are not engaged at work. Are you one of them? Are you engaged in your career and life? Are you UP enough?

There is no amount of courses, programs and things you can do to be more UP yourself. You simply have to #startwithU. It is an inside out game.

And yet so many of us are afraid to speak UP, step UP and show UP.

Why is that? One reason is power imbalance. When we give away our power to others we create dynamics in which we feel ‘below’ them feel and are helpless to do anything in case we jeopardise our career or situation. We may also think:

·      If I speak up, I will be judged.

·      If I speak up, others will think less of me.

·      If I speak up, it will be a career limiting move.

·      If I speak up, I might suffer from foot in mouth or say things I will regret.

What we need to do then is turn inward, to find our voice, embrace our personal agency and to take our future in our own hands.

The future for many looks ferocious. When futurists tell us that by 2030 around 500,000 jobs in Australia will be replaced by AI, robots and offshored, we get scared.

They say that in the not-so-distant future, millions of workers will have different jobs than they have today. What those jobs will be exactly, is still very much up for debate.

Within the next 15 years it is predicted that nearly 15 per cent of the global workforce may need to switch jobs, according to a new report released today by the McKinsey Global Institute. By 2030, 75 million to 375 million workers will change occupation categories while another 400 to 800 million could be displaced by automation and required to find new jobs entirely. Meanwhile, all workers will need to adapt and heighten their skills to keep up with advances in technology.

My question to you then is, will you have the necessary skills to transition into this new world? In both developing and advanced economies, working in unpredictable, volatile environments and doing jobs that require human interaction will become more in-demand.

In a recent article by McKinsey it was identified that workers of the future will spend more time on activities that machines are less capable of, such as managing people, applying expertise, and communicating with others. They will spend less time on predictable physical activities and on collecting and processing data, where machines already exceed human performance. The skills and capabilities required will also shift, requiring more social and emotional skills and more advanced cognitive capabilities, such as logical reasoning and creativity.

What does this translate into for you? You will need to be prepared for a rapidly evolving future of work. You need to be confident, calm, adaptable and centred. You need to be UP Yourself. Acquiring new skills, trusting yourself, your intuition and having courage and conviction that you are enough will be critical for their own well-being. This is a new era, an era where you need to discover and use your Unique Power – you need to be more UP yourself.  


Want to be more UP Yourself?

Stay tuned in 2018 for the release of my latest book UP Your Self. Until then you can subscribe to my daily UPtimism are brief notes shared via electronic newsletter (how quaint) and social media written by the big U for the little U to help you become more UPtimistic and more UP Yourself.

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