Are you Future-Fit? - Greg Orme

Are you Future-Fit?

To find out answer this simple question...

250 years ago, the Industrial Revolution replaced our arms and legs at work. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is now replacing our brains. In factories and warehouses, repetitive physical tasks are increasingly being delivered by AI-enabled robots. In offices, routine thinking tasks are going the same way. This will be a brutal decade for anyone who fails to adapt.

To help unlock your potential, answer the following question: ‘What capabilities do I need to be a successful human in the 2020s?’

Where machines are better, there’s little value in the struggle. Why play a game you’re bound to lose? The answer is to stop competing with AI; instead start differentiating. In my latest book The Human Edge I reveal the superpowers you’ll need to future-proof your value in the workplace: Consciousness, Curiosity, Creativity and Collaboration.

A divide is growing. Not just between AI and humans, but also between one human and another. Digital technology is a great leveller. Its easier than ever to learn. Anyone with an internet connection can educate themselves in almost limitless domains. Children have access to more information in real time than the President of the United States had twenty years ago .

The availability of knowledge is carving a new fault line between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’. Its not money, class or connections: but a growing value gap between those who are Future-Fit and those that aren’t. On the left, the key capabilities for our era: Being self-aware, purpose-driven and focused. These build a ‘gateway’ to unlock the motivation, time and courage to be curious, creative and collaborative.


If you’re marooned on the right-hand side side of this rift you’ll end up in a losing battle against equally-skilled, but lower-cost, human rivals. You can see the growing schism between those who are:

  • purpose-driven versus disengaged
  • focused versus chronically-distracted
  • insatiably curious versus incurious
  • creatively alive versus creatively dead
  • collaborative versus unconnected

The future is already here

This gap will only widen in this decade. Employers need people who can do more than follow orders and respond to requests. HR Directors are searching for staff who have a strong intrinsic desire to learn, solve complex problems and ask penetrating questions.

Science fiction writer William Gibson said: “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” An understanding of how to thrive in our current business era is equally patchy. The Great Workplace Divide is growing. Which side do you want to be on?

This blog is adapted from my second book The Human Edge: How curiosity and creativity are your superpowers in the digital economy (Pearson, 2019) to buy your copy clock here.

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