Experience doesn't count 👀 #163





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Hey everybody,
Provocative statement? Of course! This issue’s title comes from news of a new hire at our neighbours Juro. They’ve just hired a Director of Sales, who has just 4 years of commercial experience. A very different story compared to one organisation asking for nearly double that.
But does this criteria provide an accurate measure of an employee’s actual capabilities?
My take: Experience doesn’t count as much as it used to. Your ability to learn and grow does. That’s the growth mindset at play.
I’ve often found myself eye-rolling when hearing “I’ve been in this business for 20 years” or similar. It sounds defensive and tells me you’re probably stuck!
The average person will change careers 5-7 times during their working life according to career change statistics.
With an ever increasing number of career choices, 30% of the workforce will now change careers or jobs every 12 months. ref
The job for life doesn’t exist. Nothing is standing still. We have seen more change in the past months than the past years. Twilio conducted a survey about digital transformation and shared this:
Fundamentally Twilio said that for all of its ills, Covid-19 was the digital accelerant of the decade and has accelerated companies’ digital communications strategy by a global average of 6 years, with 5.3 years the UK average.
So the next time you introduce yourself, or push for a new idea, or find something failing and look to do something about it, consider looking forwards and driving for change. You may not readily know the solution, but that’s ok - Google and consultants like myself can help (why not say hi!).
Einstein said is best: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” When the same thing doesn’t work, try something different.
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