SO, WHAT ARE YOU REALLY GOOD AT?

The idea unpacked in this piece builds on the ongoing writing I am doing on the interconnected themes of Productivity and Leadership here.

Most people have never truly connected the importance of STRENGTHS with PRODUCTIVITY and many who claim to do simply pay lip service to it.

The real stuff. I have attended a few interviews at different times; either as an interviewer or interviewee and I have observed that most of the conversations explore all manner of topics ranging from personality to achievements to competencies but I can’t remember any interview where the question was asked “WHAT ARE YOU REALLY GOOD AT”? Most people have never truly connected the importance of STRENGTHS with PRODUCTIVITY and many who claim to do simply pay lip service to it.

The challenges of today require altogether a new set of skills. With Robotic Process Automation in full steam ahead and other emerging technologies, human beings will have to reinvent themselves to remain relevant and productive in the foreseeable future.

Unmitigated tragedy. I am yet to see a greater tragedy like what happens to most people who fail to heed what one would possibly consider to be a base truth of life but the lack of understanding is not exactly something to crucify anyone for. It is a fact that most schools don’t understand the most basic way productivity works. I have written about this in the past – the “Model T ” education system was effective for the industrial economy era where people were merely pieces in the puzzle of a big manufacturing system. The challenges of today require altogether a new set of skills. With Robotic Process Automation in full steam ahead and other emerging technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning et al), human beings will have to reinvent themselves to remain relevant and productive in the foreseeable future.

Individuals, organisations and nations will never maximise their full potential outside of their design!

Framing the challenge. In the new economy which is no longer a distant prospect, organisations and nations will be expected to deal with the consequential and mounting pressures posed by the realities of longer mortality rates and the attendant challenges of new technologies which result in unemployment for many. While there will be need to develop new suite of skills, individuals must deliberately strive to use their strengths because even though it seems that the world is changing, the truth of the matter is that the fundamentals of human productivity remains intact: Individuals, organisations and nations will never maximise their full potential outside of their design!

EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: 2018

 

More. I am currently writing a book on the subject of leadership and productivity anchored on the premise that for individuals, organisations and nations to unlock their potentials, there must be a paradigm shift in the way education systems work. Most importantly, individuals must be equipped with the right tools to be able to Discover, Apply and Grow their strengths amongst other things. I believe that every human being has the potential to become MORE!

Femi Oni

Femi’s overarching purpose is to inspire brands (individuals, organisations and nations) to unlock potentials to achieve sustainable growth and impact. His mission is to mentor 1000 brands in Africa and beyond by 2025.

Specialties and Interests: Business Model Design & Innovation, Visioning, Strategy Design & Execution, Project Management, Change Management, Strategic Branding, Operations Excellence, Process Modelling, Product Management, Productivity Management, Entrepreneurial Leadership (Startups), , Social Evangelism, Education, Sustainability, Cybernetics, Risk & Compliance.

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