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Convenience vs Significance

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As a continuation of my Book Club review of the Industrial Revolution and The Song of Significance by Seth Godin, I have come away with the idea that once change reaches the Tipping Point and becomes a revolution, the momentum makes it seem inevitable.  In the course of this tidal wave of change, there can be a choice to refocus our efforts or to harness the technology to create convenience.  Some ideas that I’m pulling from Seth:

  • When we go for significance we are choosing humanity
  • To embrace humanity we embrace creativity, agency, and a sustainable workload 
  • Leaders create the conditions for change by weaving together threads that have us considering a new way forward

This macro change which transformed the workplace also shifted the power differential to the company owner, gave rise to unskilled workers, and led to the workers rights social movement. Because I am a ‘glass half full’ type, instead of looking at what this costs individual workers (like being employed and still near poverty), I tend to focus on what to create with the future of work and that is protection for all that are being impacted. This could mean government policies that serve the market (like not sabotaging equipment) but also regulations that protect the workers (disability protection, upskilling opportunities, savings).

What are you embracing as you prepare for the future of work?

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