What is stopping you from replacing a robot or a piece of software?

Because we mothers are in business, our children can often see that we have a one-sided mind. One of my colleagues said, “Soon we will all be replaced by robots” – she was annoyed by the new part of automation in her sector. Her daughter is going to university and is currently looking for an internship; it’s a negative message to spread, isn’t it.

It’s not that AI won’t solve process-related problems in every industry – it already exists. But a more constructive way to say it could be: An employer or business will not even try to replace you if your job is related to any of the following:

  • You need to show empathy and show concern for what you are doing to be truly effective;
  • You perceive complex or even chaotic situations and choose a course of action based on what you have gathered on the hoof – manipulating what you have seen or heard into some proposed solution;
  • You must be able to come up with new ideas or new ways of dealing with situations or unexpected problems in everything you do.
  • You have to negotiate with someone to get to the next step of what needs to be done on a regular basis and this is an important success factor in your job.
  • Your task is to convince someone to change their actions or get a different point of view.
  • You are here to inspire and guide someone to learn or do things in a certain way.

But of course we can all be wise in hindsight. How often did I bite my lip after something popped up and fell down like the proverbial lead ball…

Sometimes it’s hard to start a serious conversation. “Extraneous talk” is easier than immersion – somehow we absorb information “by the way” better while doing something else. Also, as women, we find it difficult to sit next to someone, to talk to them – we are more likely to talk to the young people in our lives face to face. However, next to works better looks like it.

What I mean? I sat down, like my friend Annie, next to my 17-year-old child and asked him/her to comment on the content of some e-learning courses designed for young people. As he commented, Annie wrote it down (and yes, it’s really helpful for us to amend the courses). This ensures that the obvious things are covered before the internship begins, without a direct mention of them: “please don’t lecture me” should not come up. Surprisingly, it made Annie feel that by tackling work-related topics, they felt they could learn from each other… And the subliminal signal, of course, is that the transition is approaching for all of us—they will be leaving home soon. But before that, there is a stage where they must back up their resume.

Everything that a young person encounters that includes understanding, clarifying, suggesting, persuading, helping to do something while others are doing other parts of the work to achieve the same goal (team work) should be recorded. in notepad to edit resume. henceforth. Somehow it has to be communicated, among other things. Annie said it was much better to come from the third person.

Perhaps in the end, if you can instill a permanent “beta” state of mind, you will get a glimmer of a smile. Annie did.

But the more I work with young people, I understand that they are ahead of us. They know they have to be flexible. It’s us, with careers behind us and lists of accomplishments in our fields, more introverted – we need to learn to be more flexible in how we interact with the economy as it develops.

Perhaps those claims about who machines won’t replace should be studied, not just shared with our children. Because the “beta state of mind” or willingness to “turn around” is something that everyone running a business must cultivate in order to survive in our changing world.

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