Posts Tagged ‘work-life balance’

The Portfolio Life and the New Economy

June 19, 2017

The economy is ever evolving. Each technological leap forward has demanded that workers respond with new skills and ways of solving problems. Career paths of the previous decades may no longer provide the same security that they used to, and the essential jobs of tomorrow may not yet exist. So how can you prepare and market your skills in an environment where certainty is a rare thing?

Keeping with the portfolio theme of last week’s Plano Public Library Job Center posting, we consider the idea of the “Portfolio Life” this week. Very simply, we are not our respective job titles; instead each of us possess a collection of skills, interests, abilities, and passions that make us capable of responding to the challenges of a job or career path.

Jeff Goins of Fast Company offers the three tips for developing a “portfolio” mentality and how this mode of thinking can help you respond to the new economy:

  • Plan for changes: Change is inevitable. Don’t bemoan it; embrace change and prepare yourself with well-rounded experiences.
  • Play like you work: Hobbies and leisure activities can provide practice spaces to explore new and skills and mindsets, while growing what you already know.
  • Never stop learning: The time will come when an old skill may not transfer to a new opportunity, so constantly fill your career toolbox with new knowledge, abilities, and ideas.

Ensure that you are always broadening and enriching your portfolio and stay a step ahead of change. Learn a new language or skill, take advantage of training opportunities at work, pursue a personal passion, volunteer in an unfamiliar career field for new perspectives, or explore how play and reflection on your unique experience can prepare you for inevitable change. Build your personal growth strategy around exploration of your strengths and opportunities. The resources available from the Plano Public Library can help drive your growth with:

What does the portfolio of your life say about your experiences, goals, and dreams – what could it say one, five, or ten years from today?

Adaptability and Flexibility in the Workplace

July 18, 2016


The world around us rarely works exactly as we would like, and in the work environment this can be even more pronounced. In the 2015 Flux Report by Right Management, researchers found that 91% of Human Resources directors believed that by 2018, people will be recruited on their ability to deal with change and uncertainty. More than half of HR directors viewed resilience and adaptability as key success factors, and just under half of participating firms had already implemented employee focused practices and organizational changes help employees adapt to uncertainty in the workplace.

How can you adopt an adaptive and flexible work style to meet current and future challenges? The University of Bradford and the Houston Chronicle offer a few basic suggestions:

  • Look for positive ways to make changes work rather than identifying why change will not work
  • Make suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of changes
  • Show willingness to learn new methods, procedures, or techniques
  • Shift your priorities in response to the demands of a situation
  • Bounce back from setbacks and maintain a positive attitude
  • Plan ahead and be prepared with alternative solutions to problems
  • Accept surprises and new roles as they occur
  • Try to remain calm and confident even when change is stressful

Even if you are a staunch list-maker that prefers order and planning, developing an adaptive personality will equip you for success in a constantly changing workplace environment.