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Stretch

How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace

By Karie Willyerd, Barbara Mistick
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Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace by Karie Willyerd, Barbara Mistick

Stretch (2015) is about the art of growing your career in ways that will make you an in-demand force in an increasingly unpredictable economy. There’s very little you can take for granted in these chaotic times, but there are reliable methods you can use today to help ensure work for you tomorrow. No one wants to be left behind. Be proactive and make yourself indispensable no matter what the future has in store.

  • Anyone preparing for the future
  • Entrepreneurs who want to be more adaptable
  • Unemployed people hoping to find new purpose in their work

Karie Willyerd, the workplace futurist for SuccessFactors, has been the chief learning officer for five different Fortune 500 companies. She is the coauthor of the bestseller, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.

Barbara Mistick is an experienced entrepreneur with an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently the president of Wilson College and was previously the first female president of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Library.

 

© Karie Willyerd, Barbara Mistick: Stretch copyright 2016, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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Stretch

How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace

By Karie Willyerd, Barbara Mistick
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Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace by Karie Willyerd, Barbara Mistick
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Stretch (2015) is about the art of growing your career in ways that will make you an in-demand force in an increasingly unpredictable economy. There’s very little you can take for granted in these chaotic times, but there are reliable methods you can use today to help ensure work for you tomorrow. No one wants to be left behind. Be proactive and make yourself indispensable no matter what the future has in store.

Key idea 1 of 6

To keep stretching your work possibilities, maintain control, keep your options open and set goals.

Before entering the professional world, you are surrounded by parents and teachers who can point you in the right direction and straighten you out if you get off track. But after college, you’re more or less on your own, even though there’s still a great deal of growing, or stretching, that needs to be done.

That’s why there are three stretch imperatives that every professional hoping to stay at the top of the game should keep in mind.

The first stretch imperative is to remember that you are in control.

If you’re unhappy with a job, it can be easy to blame your boss or be too lazy to do anything about it. But this isn’t good for you or your employer.

Let’s look at a typical career: You graduate from college and decide to pick up a job in construction because you thought you might enjoy working with your hands. But after a while you realize that you’d rather work with people. What do you do?

You take control and find another job, this time as a camp counselor. But here you realize you’d rather work with adults instead of kids, so you decide to work in sales instead.

And this leads us to the second stretch imperative: Give yourself options and broaden your horizons so that you have a healthy amount of possible opportunities.

Let’s say you hate your boss in the sales department but you don’t have the qualifications for anything else. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, you take action. You sign up for adult education classes and earn a second or third degree, such as an MBA.

And this brings us to the third stretch imperative: Setting goals.

These don’t have to be related to your career; they just need to be realistic goals that will help you stay on track, especially during tough times.

Everyone hits a rough patch at one point or another in their career. When you hit one, remember that gaining experiences is always productive and will help you in the search for what’s right for you.

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