Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow's Workplace
Karie Willyerd, Barbara Mistick
You know you can do more with your career. And the future is going to demand more of you.
The problem is you are so busy keeping up with the day-to-day that you can't prepare for tomorrow. Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow's Workplace gives you the confidence and knowledge you need to achieve your goals in an ever-changing world. Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick—established experts and the collective winners of dozens of awards in the field of personal development and learning—offer evidence-based guidance on obtaining the skills you will need to thrive in tomorrow's workplace. Built on solid, global research and dozens of personal interviews with people who have achieved new and inspiring goals, Stretch offers advice, valuable insights, anecdotes, and recommendations to make achieving your goals practical and within reach.
If you are like other professionals, your biggest worry is becoming obsolete at work. Shifting technologies, fierce competition among corporations, and recruitment occurring on a global level would give anyone concern. To remain relevant in spite of change, you need to know how to:
- Learn in any situation
- Open your thinking to a world beyond where you are now
- Connect to the people who can help you make your future happen
- Seek experiences that will prepare you for tomorrow
- Stay motivated through the ups and downs of a career so you can bounce forward
Stretch: How to Future Proof Yourself for Tomorrow's Workplace offers five practices to help you start, enhance, and lengthen your career by anticipating the needs of tomorrow's work environment. Don't become obsolete. Instead, stretch to achieve your potential.
sever the option. Did he consider how long he would have had to incur the financial risk of quitting his day job at Atari? Could less exhaustive work hours be negotiated post-launch? Would his voice and view of the world have enhanced the company further? We will never know how his life or how Apple would have been different. Being open to embracing uncertainty while considering potential risk and discomfort could well be essential to achieving your potential. Preparing for a changing future
to the organization. Gordon Bethune helped Continental Airlines become an attractive merger target for United Airlines by leading a turnaround where every employee felt a part of the excitement. When Continental made it to the Top 5 for on-time flights, Bethune sent every employee an unexpected check for $65 as recognition of what they accomplished together. The amount of the check was far less important than the recognition they had all done it together. Foster Innovation with a Failure Wall
to automation may be too late, however: manufacturing is headed back to where the customers are located due to advances in manufacturing. With the advent of 3D printing technologies, it is easy to imagine advanced manufacturing centers able to assemble anything from clothing to cars in one facility. Designers from around the world can send their assembly instructions to a regional center that can print on demand. Customers can in turn pick up their locally made products at the center, arrange
appreciate and see cultural differences in a very different light from those who were raised in a homogenous culture. As a result, he was open to a wide variety of options in both locations and types of jobs. Currently the president of the HR cloud business for SAP, he has rotated between entrepreneurial and corporate roles, lived on three continents, and worked in dozens of countries. He is comfortable in nearly any setting and takes to heart the idea that every situation is unique. What worked
matter, who provided connections to stories in the book; Barbara Pollack, gifted coach at The Center for Creative Leadership, who shared her incredible insights and inspired us to reach deeper into the meaning of work; Karen Kocher, extraordinary CLO with a balance of theory and practicality; Jenny Dearborn, for continuing to model growth and the ability to stretch; Joe Campbell, deep thinker and astute learning expert; Kelly Palmer, who shared her LinkedIn story and just keeps on pushing the