It has been said that in modern civilization we have moved from an agriculture economy to an industrial economy to the knowledge economy and to where we are now, the human economy. What skills do we need to flourish in the 21st Century? Research shows that it’s skills like curiosity, creativity, taking initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking and empathy. You’ll notice these are human skills, skills a robot or machine doesn’t have.
These skills come from our mind and our thinking. One skill I know I need to work on is multi-disciplinary thinking. There is value in solo thinking, spending time alone in our thoughts and knowledge, and there is so much value in thinking where we are collaborating, communicating and transferring ideas. Multi-disciplinary thinking is thinking that includes what you know and what you don’t know. Recently it was suggested I watch a video of someone who has had a very different experience in life than me. The person talked about how in Cubism, Picasso painted an image from several different perspectives. It was a good reminder to me. Am I stuck in my own thinking or am I making space for others and their experiences and thinking? Am I adaptable?
My challenge to myself and to you is the next time you’re collaborating, be sure that your mind is open to being changed. Stop multi-tasking and start multi-asking.
To learn more about the human economy, watch this video.