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Future Proofing Yourself


What is it?

We are all like a commercial company; we sell our knowledge, skills, ideas, time, expertise and our wisdom to our employer. In return we get a salary, and receive other benefits.

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We give up our personal time and sometimes put our general health and wellbeing to the test by working long hours in pressurised environments, trying to achieve corporate results.

But all good commercial companies are great at developing new ideas, products and services for their customers. They employ people with the right skills and attributes, develop succession planning and invest in new technologies and skills. They diversify before the market changes. These companies think one step ahead or, if they are really good, two steps ahead of the game with strategic thinking and excellent planning.

For us as individuals do we do the same? Are we looking after ourselves? Are our skills, experience, knowledge and thinking up to date? Do we sit and analyse what our employers are going to want in the future from us? Do we consider how the skills market is changing and what is needed in the next 5 to 10 years?

Do we treat our employers as customers and consider what do they need from us, now and in the future as their markets change?

Are we looking after ourselves, so are we are fit and strong enough to still be of value to our employers in the future and, in return, making ourselves employable for the rest of our careers?

If we don’t look after ourselves, who is going to do it for us?

Welcome to Future Proofing Yourself.

Who is it for?

This is for everyone. At times we will all feel vulnerable in one way or another in our working careers. We will worry about the future of our company and our roles within them. We will feel out of our depth and lack confidence. This can now be managed. Things will not always go the way that you want them to, but now you can take control of your reaction to situations and make the right choices for you.

It’s all about choices but we must make sure you put yourself in the right position, so you have those choices.

Future proofing yourself can seem challenging at times and feel uncomfortable

However, now is not the time to put your head in the sand and hope it will go away, or waiting to win the lottery. It’s a real issue.
There is no magic formula -  it’s called self-management and professionalism.
We all look at someone like tennis legend Roger Federer and accept he is a great professional who knows why he is so good, so he can constantly perform to the best of his abilities. He gets paid lots of money, he should be professional and know what he is good at. Well, we all think we are professional, so shouldn’t we know what we excel at? Be able to promote yourself and constantly perform to the best of our abilities?
Future Proofing Yourself should be fun and involve new experiences, new people to talk with, new learning opportunities. It well help develop your confidence, help you to get the right balance in life, create new ways of thinking.
And above all help you to enjoy and feel valued and fulfilled.
Are you ready? 

Key Focus Areas

We have listed the Key Focus Areas to ensure you Future Proof Yourself and create longevity in your career and enjoy life both in work and out of work.
After all, do you want to look back with regret and wonder why you spent all those hours at work? Did you reach your potential and provide real value?  

  • Managing Your Key Skill Sets – What do you need to do to keep ahead of the game
  • Proactive Self-Management – If you don’t look after yourself who will?
  • Developing a Clever Way of Thinking – Don’t just think like you do
  • Personal Development and Maximising Opportunities – If in doubt go for it 
  • Being in Control of Your Well Being – It’s much more enjoyable that way
 
 

Managing Your Key Skill Sets

Technical skills - Yes but I have loads of experience
Your experience was good for yesterday’s market but is it still strong for tomorrow?
Skills for the next 5 - 10 years and beyond
Next innovation
This business in 5 - 10 years’ time

Social media skills - I’ve got 10 likes
How does it work?
Why it’s important?
Content verses quantity

Technology - IT skills -  Re-boot switch it off and start again
How does it work?
My aunty got her first ipad at 91
What’s next on the horizon?
Get yourself a tech mentor or talk to your children

Moving from Technical Expert to Manager to Leader
They will Never be able to do it as well as me

Providing a clear path from technical expert where you are hardworking, perfectionist and a bit of a control freak to enable others to perform without you suffocating them and taking over.

Coming away from the day-to-day operations (Management) to a more strategic approach to the direction of your people and the business (Leadership).

 

Proactive Self-Management

Communication skills - Can you get on with absolutely everyone?
Shut up and listen you might learn something
Ask more than you tell
No more them and they -  it’s me, we and us
Communicating with all personality types
Don’t just listen to people try and understand them and why they think that way

Self-Organisation - If you don’t look after yourself you will?
Personal organisation
Prioritisation or work silly hours?
Goal setting because it can be fun
You’re good but you can’t do everything

Working in a fast-moving environment
Don’t wait for them and they to make it happen
Controlling the controllable
Performing under pressure
Taking the initiative

Career Development
Building a career portfolio
Career climbing frame
Are you willing to work really hard?
Getting feedback and advice

 

Developing a Clever Way of Thinking

Building self-esteem – Filling your head with positive facts about your achievements
What’s gone well? Focus on the facts
Building confidence
Comfort zone opportunities and learning
Understanding my values and what’s really important to me as a person?

Selling myself - If you can’t wave your flag, who will ?
Sell yourself - YOU Ltd
Raising your profile
Personal branding
Providing real factual examples
Roger Federer thinking

Ways of thinking - Don’t just think like you
Learn to think like a; CEO, MD, Director, Manager, Consultant, your customers
Who makes you think differently and where makes you think differently?
Get yourself a mentor or even better a reverse mentor
I can’t do that – when did you decide that?
Treat your key contacts and senior managers like a customer

 

Personal Development and Maximising Opportunities

Appraisal time – Performance review - My annual MOT
Manage your annual appraisal / PDR -It is your yearly business plan
Managing and developing your CV
What have I learnt
New learning opportunities
Go grab a new experience
Get out there! How do others do things?

Networking throughout your career - You can’t do it all on your own
Who do you know?
Who do you need to know?
Who makes you think differently?
How can you help others first?
Why would people want to network with you?
How does Linkedin work?

New generation experiences – Well in my day
How do they think?
Why they think that way?
What they need to do to what I need to understand
How will business and people make decisions in the future?

 

Being in Control of Your Well Being

What really matters in life – What else life can do that give true meaning
What I was going to do was…….
If only we had ………
I once had the chance to………….
You can’t revisit regret
Go grab a hobby or two
What are my passions – love what you do
What do I really want

Wellbeing - I feel great
Motivation values – what is important to you?
How to pick yourself up when you’re feeling low or have a set back
Resilience
Mindfulness
Self-Care
Self Esteem and happiness

Health - Just another pizza I am working late
Health check
We are what we eat
Exercise – good for the mind and the body

Financial Planning – Taking Control
Cut up the credit cards
Sort that mortgage out
Pensions and retirement income
If only we could win the lottery – well you have!

 
 

 

How can we help?
We can provide workshops on the Key Focus Areas.
Mentoring and coaching support on the Key Focus Areas for individuals and Small groups.
Provide consultancy on developing effective Personal Development Programmes for organisations.
Help develop a true learning culture in companies.
Provide untold numbers of inspirational ideas to aid learning and helping people to Future Proof themselves.

Notes to Companies
The Key Focus Areas can be adapted to fit your business.  We appreciate where people are in their careers and life will determine which Key Focus areas are most applicable.

In a Nut Shell
Future Proof Yourself is about taking control of yourself in your professional career. It has never been so important to keep ourselves upskilled in the modern day working environment.

Future Proof Yourself focuses on developing our; skills, knowledge, experiences, thinking and wellbeing so we stay very employable throughout our working career. Plus it creates a mindset of self-management and self-control so we can deal with the ups and downs of business, corporate life and our careers.

In a nut shell ‘If we don’t look after ourselves, who is going to do it for us?’