Embrace an abundance mindset: embrace the old with the new


We have accepted cash registers in grocery stores as a natural part of our life. Even long before that, we could pay at the pump at our local gas station without ever setting foot in the physical store.

These are digital disruptions that grew exponentially long before the boom in dot-com or personal mobile devices. These transformative technologies are designed exclusively to streamline once-heavy tasks for humans in order to simplify processes.

As a consumer, you might not be concerned because these disruptions are consumer driven. But for those whose job depends on you, check with a Physical person to the supermarket or go in the gas station to pay, the digital disruption plays out like a horror movie.

And if digital disruption is just going to continue at an exponential rate, is this the end for many careers? Do you feel like yours is next and you are powerless to stop it?

It’s a world at the same time / and

First, take a deep breath and think about automatic checkouts for a moment. They have been around since years, law? Self-service checkouts were making their debut long before autonomous vehicles, smartphones, and Amazon.com gained wide acceptance.

Now consider this: In your local grocery store, are there still physical cashiers? Yes! Likewise, consider those self-service checkout areas. How many times do you drop a product on the conveyor belt too quickly and cause an error, where a To be human need to reset the machine?

In my anticipatory leader system, I teach something I call the Both / And Principle, a mindset of abundance where even in the midst of digital disruption, the “old” way of doing things can be reinvented and intertwined with the “ new way.

In this case, humans and machines will coexist. Self-payment is not sensitive; there is no idea that you made an honest mistake by putting your bag of apples on the conveyor a little too early. Therefore, a critical thinking human will come and reset the automatic checkout for you!

Remote grocery store

During the coronavirus pandemic, grocery stores responded to global lockdowns virtually. Via an app or a store’s website, consumers would fill a virtual shopping cart with their selections, pay, and then schedule pickup or delivery.

Some people found it cumbersome; However, others have wholeheartedly embraced the concept of remote grocery shopping even after the initial blockages were lifted. If everyone is embracing virtual grocery shopping as much as they are embracing Amazon, where physical grocery stores simply become storage facilities for groceries to be delivered or picked up, where does that leave the cashier?

When a certain area of ​​employment or career within an industry is rendered completely obsolete as a result of an overhaul of transformative consumer behavior and digital disturbance, does my Both / And principle still apply?

An entrepreneurship boom

I wrote an article years ago on how we would see the increase in professional networking as the digital disruption accelerated, due to the fact that so many people would be looking for a new opportunity. .

Now, thanks to COVID-19, digital disruption has accelerated far beyond their initial expected trajectory. This has further increased the frequency of networking events, but a new wave of entrepreneur networking has started.

An entrepreneurship boom is the direct result of my anticipatory spirit among professionals identify tough trends across industries and how to harness them to their advantage. The virtual grocery store and the virtualization of many other usually in-person activities is most certainly a difficult trend that is already disrupting the industry and the individual, ready to be exploited in an entrepreneurial manner.

Anticipation prevents digital displacement

Having a mindset of anticipation will put you and your organization ahead of the curve of disruption or, in the case of what many employees fear, the digital shift. Machines will get smarter, but thanks to our Both / And world, the human element is still needed.

One area of ​​a medical career facing the same disruption as grocery stores is pharmacy. Traditionally, a pharmacist underused to give real medical advice to patients and moreused in the simple act of filling prescriptions. We’re already starting to see self-serve kiosks filling patient prescriptions, so where does a troubled pharmacist go?

They have a PhD and are incredibly useful as a medical professional! The key is to use anticipation now and treat automatic tills like the hard trend they have been in grocery stores, at the gas station, and also in online shopping, where you don’t even need go to the store itself.

We are not backing down, but the future is both / and. Generations that grow up completely virtual will be happy to walk into a physical store, pick an apple, pay for it, and eat it the same day without having to wait for it to reach the mailbox.

Yet, in the meantime, the digital shift cannot be ignored. The only way to stay ahead is to use my Anticipatory organization model to reinvent and establish a new standard.


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