We are facing a future that cannot be predicted with any accuracy. How do you plan a career on that premise?

The rapid pace of change in the world is changing how we design our careers. Current technical competence will only get us so far. Even the technical skills needed will be new. “Automated Driving Research Engineer” or “Autopilot Software Engineer Internship” are two openings being advertised by Ford and Tesla Motors as I write this. What about “Augmented reality architect”? Sound familiar? Probably not. Our ability to live with uncertainty is becoming one of the most important skills being sought by companies who want to stay ahead of their competitors.

Debbie Craig’s 2-day workshop titled “I Am Talent” helps employees understand how to show up as the kind of talent that the corporate world is looking for. The workshop has been designed around the book of the same title authored by Debbie Craig and John Gatherer. It was written as a guide to anyone who wants to understand what the world of work is looking for and how each one of us can work towards fulfilling our potential.

Participants of “I Am Talent” are invited to reflect on what it is that they really want out of life. It is a sobering and uplifting experience to watch my fellow humans remember what they started out looking for or create a new vision for their lives. The atmosphere created by this honest reflection is one of community and a recognition of the potential in all of us. I am always humbled by the honesty with which people share their foibles and the courage they show in facing an uncertain future. The workshop encourages the participants to suspend judgement and instead be curious about that with which they don’t agree or instinctively want to judge as “wrong” in ourselves or other participants. When we are being curious, there is less room for judgement. Where there is curiosity there is space for reflection and authentic connection to ourselves and to each other. Where we are truly connecting without judgment, we create a culture of possibility which often leads to innovation and productivity.

One of the most resounding insights from the participants after the workshop is that they see that their success is up to them. They see that while their employer may own their jobs, they own their careers.

A delightful side-effect of this workshop is that many of the people who attend return to their jobs feeling that they can focus on the things that matter to them and over which they have control – like their attitude. This sense of autonomy can result in employees showing up more engaged and contributing positively to the goals of their department. It is a rare win-win result and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Talk to us about how to use the I am Talent experience for creating a self-driven learning culture in your organisation.