The Single Most Critical Employment Skill by Bernie Reifkind

Posted by admin on November 24, 2009

The age of hyper-change is upon us.  And, if you think things are changing fast now, you haven’t seen anything yet.

No one can predict the future but one can reasonably assume that the employment landscape is moving and changing at a dizzying pace.

Just a few years ago, hugely successful businesses operated with telephones and typewriters, (maybe a copy machine) and the US mail, period.  The telephone was key to almost all communications and transactions. 

This is not meant to be a history lesson, but then for course came the mimeograph, the fax machine and of course: the computer. 

Then the Internet became a part of our daily lives.  So along with the telephone and computers and the Internet, we now send emails, texts, twitters, skype and every other means of communication through the magic of the Internet.

Almost everyone knows how to communicate and navigate through the Internet.  

So how do you set yourself apart from other experts in your field as you navigate your career?

Knowledge alone is not enough. 

The single most employment skill is foresight. defines foresight as:

1 : an act or the power of foreseeing : prescience
2 : provident care : prudence <had the foresight to invest his money wisely>
3 : an act of looking forward; also : a view forward

According to an organization that calls itself The World Future Society:

“Foresight is critical to achievement in all areas of your major life decisions. People who lack foresight are likely to find themselves unemployed when jobs are unexpectedly lost to new technologies, competition from overseas, or shifts in consumer tastes. Foresight is the key to survival in a world of disruptive innovation.

Foresight enables you to see opportunities, avoid threats, and chart the fastest path to your goals. The key to success is seizing opportunity when it arises. But you need to see the opportunity and be prepared to take action. That’s why foresight gives you power and agility to achieve any goal you want to achieve.”

So the question becomes, what is the future of healthcare employment? What are you doing to prepare for the ultimate changes taking place at this very moment?

Here are 5 keys to developing foresight:

1.  Open your eyes to what is, not what should be.

2.  Challenge conventional wisdom.

3.  Question your own expertise because you may be an expert in obsolescence.

4.  Read and study everything you can on the trends of your industry.

5.  Keep an open mind to change, embrace it.

I am Bernie Reifkind, CEO and founder of Premier Search, Inc.

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One Response to “The Single Most Critical Employment Skill by Bernie Reifkind”

  1. Dear Author !
    What useful information! Thank you!

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