Your Work Future


by Dr. David Miles


For most of us work is not an option, it is a necessity! We have financial responsibilities and a variety of goals we hope to achieve. COVID arrived and the “World of Work” is in flux! As our work options evolve it is important for each to establish criteria as to the value we can deliver to an employer. This requires self-reflection and valuable input from others who know us professionally and personally.


May I suggest you take the time to look at your Talent and Skills versus looking at job titles and industry/companies. With the shift in demands for goods and services many traditional positions are being eliminated. Focusing on you and your areas of contribution can open you to new opportunities in different areas. Your list may look similar to this example, but your talent descriptions will provide definitive insights to a perspective employer.


Transferable Skills & Talents/Building Bridges


  1. Skill= Critical Thinking
    Talent= a key component of critical thinking is fully understanding the business challenges or opportunity. Taking an analytical perspective of the multiple issues allows for creative solutions that solve real problems. This is a transferable talent.
  2. Skill= Collaboration
    Talent= Being able to bring completely skilled team members together is an important first step. Having each contribute their thoughts to potential solutions or new processes is key to success. Allowing each the opportunity to create and even “find safety” is part of charting new directions. Another transferable talent.
  3. Skill= Communication
    Talent= The ability to talk “with” various professionals instead of “at them” opens up an active two-way conversation. Different functional professions all have their own but similar languages. Think an accountant versus a sales professional, knowing key elements of the differences, allows choosing words and descriptors that each can relate to. You become one who understands the different framework of how each area operates. You more readily gain credibility with this transferable talent.


Stop for a moment and also list your negative transferable skills and behaviors. While we do not like to recognize these, they do negatively impact our future employment and achievements. Your top three list may resemble the following.

  1. Skill= Controlling
    Negative Behavior= There is no question that some appropriate level of control is necessary; especially when it is critical for compliance and safety. In general, excessive controlling becomes a blockage to collaborating and team work. People perform best when they are part of performance team that takes each person and values what talent they bring. Well balanced teams value diversity.
  2. Skill= Technical or Lack of Technical Competences
    Negative Behavior= Not gaining the adequate technical understanding before moving forward will usually result in failure or poor outcomes. The age-old adage of “doing it over the second time to get it correct” is not acceptable in the highly competitive market space. Take the time to gain the knowledge needed or insure other team members posses all the skills needed.
  3. Skill= Looking only at each Block versus Holistically
    Negative Behavior= There are a few “tell-tale” signs of narrow vision versus holistic vision. One great example is the phrase “This is the way we do it”. While old methods still may apply many problems are evolving and require modified solutions. Not encouraging collaboration may lead to failure or inadequate outcomes.


We all evolve overtime. Just as the world changes and presents new challenges, we can change. Your negatives may at one time have been a positive attribute in a prior work setting. Focus on Your Value of Work and how you may best evolve!



Dr. David Miles. Employable Talent. January 2021

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