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Becoming a Formula One racing champion doesn’t happen overnight.

No matter how much talent you are born with, you still require

  • a daunting level of fitness to withstand the intense physical forces while driving,
  • continuous learning to master a new car and getting familiar with the bends of each circuit
  • advanced communication to engage your supporting team
  • absolute focus while maintaining flexibility of reflexes
  • emotional resilience in handling mistakes and accidents that can occur in a split second

Similarly, for any organisation seeking to grow and establish themselves as number one in the eyes of their clients, their in-house high-flyers must be ready to take on and overcome the competition… And that takes a long-term investment in their high-performing capabilities.

More than that… it takes a willingness to learn, unlearn and re-learn… because the pressures to change and adapt in the disrupted workplace of the 21st century will only keep picking up speed. And there will be curves and bends and new forms of technology to incorporate and competition to take on, with every passing year.

That’s why, I named the corporate training track of my services EVOLUTION, because my mission is not simply to raise the performance levels of managers and their team…

It is to bring a methodology of continuous ‘review and renew’, and to get your people comfortable in adjusting, often in ‘real time’, to the dizzying, unplanned shifts in a company’s life cycle.

Over the next few weeks, I will explore the different workshops of my EVOLUTION track of training services.

From sales training to strategic leadership to people development to advanced communication… EVOLUTION’s dynamic and CONTINUALLY-updated curricula are for corporate teams ready and WILLING to engage in the stress-testing, rebuilding, adapting and updating of skills that the Fourth Industrial Revolution continually demands.

So, rev your engines, and prepare for a powerful, behind-the-scenes tour of the high-performance programmes I have built over the years, dedicated to helping corporate teams thrive in an exciting, exponentially-shifting future…

Ready to boost your team’s high performance? To work with me or book a free consultation, please visit me here.

Remember your early twenties? I remember mine.

With a university degree under my belt and inspired by the relationships I had cultivated with both fellow students and professors, I was full of passion (still am), optimism and self-belief, and gripped by the absolute conviction that focus, discipline and clear goals were all I needed for success.

Today, hand on my heart, I still believe in those principles as crucial to professional and personal growth and achievement…

However, like all of us as we acquire real-life observations and experiences, I’ve evolved my views over time. Especially when it comes to getting young people ready for the 21st century workplace.

These days, the words on everyone’s lips are ‘disruption’, ‘automation’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’, as well as ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

In other words, a tsunami of relentless, escalating and no-guarantees change on every level – from technological to financial to professional.

Here are a few more words: ‘unemployment’ and ‘Generation Z’.

Gen Z are the newest cohort to be showing up at hiring interviews, following on the heels of the famously entrepreneurial ‘Millennials’ or Gen Y, having been born after 1995.

More risk-averse, conservative and privacy-loving than Millennials, Gen Z have never known a pre-internet world, and they are the true digital natives.

However… my takeaways in mentoring these young people, either during the FEARLESS self-development workshops I lead, or the one-on-one mentoring I undertake throughout the year, is that most Gen Z teens are still VERY under-prepared for the skills expected in today’s workplace.

According to professional networking platform LinkedIn, the top five HARD skills that companies need most in 2019 are:

  1. Cloud computing
  2. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
  3. Analytical reasoning
  4. People management
  5. UX design

What about 2019’s top five most-desirable soft skills? LinkedIn tells us they are:

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Collaboration
  4. Adaptability
  5. Time management

But I think that beyond hard and soft skills… there are timeless LIFE skills which new Gen Z workforce members need to know and implement, in order to become a truly FEARLESS generation.

And these are:

  1. Cognitive flexibility (the ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts, or think about multiple concepts simultaneously)
  2. Problem solving (finding solutions to difficult or complex issues)
  3. Critical thinking (competently analysing facts to form judgments)
  4. Goal-setting and execution (the development of an action plan to motivate individuals or groups to materialise a target or achieve a pre-determined milestone)
  5. Resilience (the ability to cope with a crisis or failure, or minimise the impact of stressors or pressure)

These are the game-changer skills that people of all ages would do well to learn… and they are PARTICULARLY crucial to Gen Z, who, unlike previous generations, will have managed their home, school and social lives almost exclusively via smartphones and apps, without having had the independent opportunity to cultivate and practise the life skills listed above.

They say time waits for no man (or woman), and that is especially true today, with exponential disruption occurring across almost every industry and profession.

And for every generation still represented in the workplace – and most particularly for Gen Z hires – displaying cognitive flexibility, problem solving, critical thinking, goal-setting and resilience – are only going to grow in desirability in the years ahead.

Which is why, helping young people acquire these skills, so they become as natural as brushing teeth or riding a bike, is ultimately part of my personal mission in helping create (and grow!) a truly FEARLESS generation.

For one-on-one mentoring to transform your teen’s communication, leadership, self-management and long-term employability potential, please check out the FEARLESS track of my services by clicking here.