PDX Guest Blog – How to Master Second-Curve Thinking and Career Success

Will fast-changing economic cycles impact your future working career? You bet! 

Predictions tell us that the nature of work will be forever changing, and more people will have portfolio careers in their working lives. But, learning new skills to deal with rapid change cycles, transforming your mindset and embracing life-long learning journey will get you there. This article explores these critical aspects.

This blog is serious and wide-reaching. We are delighted to have joined forces with Andrew Jenkins, founder of PDX Consulting and author of The Authority Guide to Developing High-Performance Teams, to dive into this complex and continuously evolving subject.

The age of unreason

During the Dotcom era of the 90’s decade, we witnessed the unprecedented change due to the emergence of dazzling new scalable computing power and technology. Today, technology is continuing to revolutionise our lives and dramatically reshape our work cultures and perspectives of work. During this era, business guru and writer Charles Handy, in his book, The Age of Unreason foresaw how these changes would profoundly affect our lives as we move further into the 21stcentury. He envisioned that work and life would mean continually reinventing ourselves and to be re-grounded in a new sense of success focussed on life-long learning, connection, community and purposeful direction.

Back then, Handy predicted the demise of full-time employment and the rise of the personal portfolio economy (ie multiple jobs and or career activities) that we are witnessing today, 25 years later. Individuals will aspire beyond working for organisations and instead become the masters and experts of their own brand and careers. Again, this is playing out too where people have several jobs, roles or career paths. He also predicted that businesses would have to respond to ever-increasing waves of change cycles. Besides, he said, companies will become ever more reliant on hiring independent expert know-how to deploy transformational change.

Now, in 2018, looking back, Handy’s vision is shaping today’s reality.

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