I keep getting harassed whenever I visit my bank. Each time I go in to deposit a check, either the manager on duty, or the teller, or both inform me that I can deposit the check at any time, day or night, using the ATM. During my most recent visit, the manager standing at the door told me that I could deposit my check from the comfort of my own home via the bank’s smart phone app. She even offered to help me download the app right then and there and show me how to use it. This behavior puzzles me. By informing me of these services aren’t they putting themselves out of work?
This trend of technology taking over more and more of our tasks is growing rapidly and is not going away anytime soon. I recently heard bestselling author, Geoff Colvin, (pictured with me above) speak about the concepts in his latest book, Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. In this talk he discussed the key skills people will need for the future workforce. Skills that will be needed as more and more knowledge is at our fingertips and routine (and even very analytical tasks) are being done faster, quicker, cheaper and more reliably by machines. He says the skills you and I will need include things like:
The importance of positive, supportive relationships is something I promote regularly on this blog and in the programs we offer because research shows this is critical to your happiness and health. Now we have even more of a reason to develop and strengthen our ability to build relationships as this will be a necessary trait in our ability to land and keep a job in the future. What are some things you can do to build this skill today?
Let me leave you with one of the quotes from Geoff Colvin’s talk that sums up his message well, “Success is less about what you know and more about what you are like.”
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance
P.S. During this coming Tuesday's Meditations for Life class we will cover Rewarding Relationships and practice a meditation that has been shown to lead to growth in the "happy" part of your brain.