While 2022 may throw up a few curveballs, the start of the new year is always a perfect time to focus on career growth.
According to the Labor Department, the economy is recovering and some industries have recouped job losses from the early days of the pandemic.
As a futurist and business strategist who’s trained thousands of executives how to navigate booming markets, I’ve identified five skills that can make you an especially valuable professional in 2022 — and free online courses to teach them.
Going forward, it will pay to think critically and creatively about your work – adding unique skills, experience and connections to your professional toolbox.
Your efforts to think outside the box will not only help you find new solutions, but will also give you the tools to communicate that you are capable of solving new and exciting problems solve.
For example, time spent analyzing a different type of business or connecting with people from a different industry can help you find new ways to think about a problem or new tools your team is using can. It’s what employers – and customers – are looking for in a rapidly changing marketplace.
Recommended free course: Creative Thinking: Techniques and Tools for Success
Highlights: Learn how to choose a type of brainstorm—alphabet brainstorm, grid brainstorm, morphological diagram—to apply to a challenge.
2. Strategic planning
Futurists don’t predict the future. We identify trends in society or a market and consider the impact these trends may have.
By using “what-if” scenarios to role-play different strategies and their outcomes, we help people set strategic direction – and devise alternative strategies in the event of a sudden, unexpected turn in the future .
You can apply the same technique to your own career or business. Learning how to consider the different directions your industry or career path might take in the future can help you plan your future moves consciously, develop a plan B, and protect yourself from uncertainty.
Recommended free course: Strategic planning skills
Highlights: Learn how to craft a compelling mission, gather key business intelligence, and evaluate potential opportunities to chart a successful course forward.
3. Decision Making
In 2022 we will all be called upon to make quick and effective decisions. This also applies if we do not have the same level of information or the same time to plan as in the pre-Covid period.
Don’t you feel qualified for this? Join the club: Even before the pandemic, making mistakes was the biggest fear in the workplace.
Ninety-nine percent of leadership is a willingness to constantly make decisions. Practice how to use good judgment and trust your instincts, and you’ll set yourself apart from those who are too nervous to be decisive.
Recommended free course: Critical thinking for better judgment and decision making
Highlights: Learn how to ingest and rationally analyze data in the face of uncertainty.
A recent study by McKinsey & Company found that companies that score in the top quartile of the study for ethnic or cultural diversity in leadership teams are 33% more likely to have industry-leading profitability.
People who will thrive in business in 2022 and beyond know how to draw on a diverse array of talent, perspectives and skills. That requires the ability to do it Yes, really listen to other people and their opinions.
Recommended free course: how to listen
Highlights: Learn how to gather insights from others and deepen connections through active listening.
If your daily routine looks like controlled chaos, you’re not alone — and you may need to mentally prepare for 2022.
The deadlines are getting tighter and the areas of responsibility are getting bigger. In the years to come, you’ll be challenged to think like a project manager, even if that just means finding more effective ways to cram in after-school activities with your kids alongside a hectic remote work schedule.
The secret of success here lies in mastering the art of logistics. If you can make it to Grandma’s house for the holidays this year — despite crowded airports, travel restrictions and all — you’ll have what it takes to efficiently prioritize your time and other resources.
Recommended free course: Introduction to project management
Highlights: Learn how to apply the fundamentals of project management to your work and life.
Scott Steinberg is a futurist, keynote speaker on business trends, and best-selling author of “Fast >> Forward”, “Think Like a Futurist” “Let change work for you” and “Become essential.” He is also an award-winning strategic advisor and has been named a leading expert on innovation by Fortune Magazine.
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