When a starfish loses an arm, it regenerates itself, and the severed arm can grow into an entirely new starfish. When we bring this concept to the corporate world, we can say that starfish organizations are those that are constantly changing the business and the world, as they adapt quickly to new trends and scenarios in increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments (the so-called VUCA World).
In this fourth industrial revolution, digital transformation gains notoriety by solving problems that have dragged on for years and creating challenging issues. Structural changes in the economy and the labor market, for example, have been extinguishing markets, establishing behaviors, motivating new niches, and modifying professions.
Like the organizations, we, professionals, need to learn to adapt and learn to live with adversity, go through difficult times, and seek new visions that arise all the time. In turbulent times, leadership is even spiritual: in Buddhist thought, the source of true happiness is the understanding that everything changes. With this thought, we have to understand that life is cyclical and constantly changing. Thus, for the new to succeed the old, we have to seek an individual transformation primarily.
In line with this thinking, the 2020 edition of the World Economic Forum – a meeting in which great leaders discussed the directions of the global economy – launched the Reskilling Revolution initiative, which aims to promote the education, training, and jobs needed by 1 billion people by 2030 – always focusing on the skills that will be most in-demand in the coming years.
Thus, we have entered the decade of “re,” and watchwords such as redefine, reinvent, and start over are strategic imperatives. Amidst so many uncertainties and the high speed of transformation, leadership skills, entrepreneurship, creativity, and collaboration have never been so important in the search for and implementation of innovative solutions capable of generating real value for organizations and society in the short and long term.
The development of these skills is key to exploiting technological disruptions and building a strong culture. Understand more about each skill:
#1 Leadership – Resetting the skills of the leader of the new decade.
Especially in the last year, we’ve had proof of how people with leadership skills, adaptability, willing to collaborate in a diverse environment to identify opportunities and develop solutions are critical in a landscape of accelerated change.
#2 Creativity & Collaboration – Recreating the way of working and generating value
The growing adherence to hybrid working models allows for the building of more diverse teams while at the same time provoking the emergence of challenges related to collaboration. The creation of environments with a constant exchange adapted to an agile, collaborative mentality. It focused on problem-solving and value creation are becoming fundamental conditions for the success of an organization.
#3 Entrepreneurship – Redefining the mindset that transforms companies
Innovative vision can act and make things happen, take risks, create connections, inspire, and continuously learn. These are some of the attributes that define a good entrepreneur. And they can also set the course for companies in the next decade.
So, as we have seen so far, in a world where transformation is the only constant, those who can break new ground and lead deep and significant changes in their lives, in their professional performances, and society as a whole stand out.