Future Friday from the Archive: Don’t let today get in the way of tomorrow

Take time to think about the future of work for your company.
Take time to think about the future of work for your company.

I had a student ask me the other day about how she can further her HR career. It reminded my of this post. If you are going to be at #SHRM17 in New Orleans, watch for me, I can be found at the Bloggers Lounge or in a session.
I read an interesting post from the Harvard Business Review Management Tip of the Day called Don’t Let Today’s Goals Get in the Way of Your Future Goals. Although the author, Peter Bregman, was talking about individual’s career goals I thought his advice fit very well with what I have taught in my 7 Steps to becoming a practical HR futurist program.

Bregman’s advice

Peter Bregman says that to get ahead in life and your career you have to spend some time working on it, even to the detriment of your current responsibilities. He says:

 You need to spend time on these things even when there are more pressing things to do, and even when there is no apparent return on your efforts. Sometimes you need to be irresponsible with your current tasks in order to make real progress on your future self.”

You need to do the same thing when you are working on the future of work in your company. You MUST make the time in your weekly schedule to sit and read and ponder how things may develop. Then take the time to plan possible futures and how you may respond to those futures.
The good news is, that unlike Bregman’s suggestion which takes away from you current job my suggestion is actually making you better in your job.

So sit, read, ponder, imagine and plan. That is how you create new futures.

Photo credit:  Chaiwat

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