Gary Bolles is a master at understanding and managing disruption. As the Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, he helps others understand the impact of exponential change and how to navigate it.
Gary writes and lectures worldwide on the future of work, learning, and organizations. He also helps organizations, educators, and governments understand the needs of tomorrow’s workers and learners. He has 9 courses on LinkedIn with over a million students joining in!
In this episode, we really hone in on the changing times, especially around work culture and the shift towards a life full of purpose built around an individual’s strength. We’ll reference Gary’s new and most compelling book, The Next Rules of Work, where he masterfully guides people on how to navigate the most disruptive times!
Dive in and empower yourself by learning how to build a life around your strengths.
[00:01 - 6:07] Opening Segment
I introduce Gary Bolles Bio Gary gives a bit of background around his life and work Growing up as a son to a recovering minister Gary’s father is the author of What Color is Your Parachute Gary’s revelation that you should do what you love Moving to Silicon Valley How Gary pivoted into future innovations Becoming the Chair for Future
[06:08 - 24:28] 3 Steps to Pivot into New Work
How his dad impacted the world with his legacy Helping people navigate massive changes in their life 11 million copies printed You can have agency over your future 3 steps to pivot when changing work What: Take inventory of your skills - treat it like you going on a trip What makes you, YOU? Take stock of your accomplishments Where: where can you apply these skills How: the mechanics behind finding the job Where our hardwiring comes into play Understanding ourselves physiologically, mentally, and socially This will help you understand how you make decisions Gary talks about “filter failure” Insights from Clay Shirky You can plot the exponential growth of information in our lives We missed the technology that helps us filter the mass of info Our brains become overloaded with negative information Facing the algorithm monster We can change our algorithms to serve us Think of it as a information diet You need to be intentional about your consumption Take a break and get yourself into nature What you give your attention to expands Bring out the best in humanity and amplify our future on The Goodness Exchange More information on how you can join in below
[24:29 - 33:22] The Great Resignation The Great Opportunity
Gary gives his thoughts on on The Great Reset 3 phases to the process Falling off the cliff - uncertainty Getting to the bottom - uncomfortable middle Rebuilding phase - building back better This is our “new abnormal” How this can be a new opportunity We are co-creating the next set of rules for work The Great Resignation frames it towards the employer A more positive perspective, this is The Great Opportunity We’re breaking the seals on the old rules of work It’s time to ask the 6 W’s - The Aristotle Canvas Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? This is an opportunity to find work that is built on your unique skills Gary reiterates the 3 phases of change Uncertainty, the fog is too thick to see ahead The middle period - the fog scatters and comes back
“Same storm, different boats” we have different lived experiences
Navigating new territory
[33:23 - 48:43] How to Build a Life Around Your Strengths
Gary gives the insights around the new rules of work 1. We are rewriting the rules 2. You need a growth mindset to effectively navigate change Mindset Skillset Toolset All three work together to solve problems The analogy of climbing a mountain You need to have the mindset first to climb the mountain Sol