May 19, 2020

Is your career future-proof?

anna smith
4 min
Is your career future-proof?

Answer the following questions as you perceive your career is today, not how you might wish it to be.

1. What is your reputation as a leader?

a. I'm the go-to person, others see my work as critical to the team's/business' success.
b. I'm reliable. If they need me, they know where to find me.
c. I have no idea. I work independently with little interaction with my colleagues.

2. Describe your level of empowerment.

a. I feel empowered, and am treated as an intelligent, valuable member of the team.
b. I know when to stay within my job description and when it is OK to step out of my lane.
c. I'm just a number at work. I keep my head down.

3. When I imagine my future career 

a. I am regularly reinventing myself and have had multiple careers.
b. I am working steadily to become the expert in my field.
c. I will still have a job

4. Related to my talents and unique value...

a. I recognize that I am part of the global talent pool and work to ensure others can see my unique value.
b. I'm in competition with my immediate colleagues for the next opportunity.
c. If I just work hard, I will get promoted.

5. My purpose...

a. I am excited for the future. I understand the purpose and value I bring to my role, the team, and the organization.
b. I'm nervous yet curious about the future. I'm not sure whether my role (or this company) will stand the test of time.
c. I feel exhausted and overwhelmed when I think of the future.

6. How do you manage relationships?

a. I engage as an ally. I actively nurture my professional network and relationships.
b. I reach out to my contacts when I need something, and the occasional happy hour.
c. I come here to work, not to build relationships.

7. My perspective on diversity & inclusion...

a. I seek out different opinions and have a broad, diverse network.
b. I accept invitations from others to join their network.
c. My network includes some of my current and previous colleagues.

8. How to you leverage technology?

a. I am a tech guru! I embrace technology and seek out opportunities to integrate it into my life and work.
b. I like technology. I wait to see what others find useful and then consider whether to follow.
c. Ugh, I have 3,000 unread emails. I don't have time for social media or the latest gadget.

9. My approach to learning is...

a. I'm highly curious and continuously invest in my own learning to support my current and future career needs.
b. I like to get a deep knowledge and learn about my current area of expertise.
c. I don't have time to learn, I have "real work" to do!

10. My type of workplace...

a. Coffee, connectivity, chocolate. Somewhere that allows me to collaborate or find a quiet space as appropriate.
b. Corner office, parking space, key to the executive washroom. I've worked hard for the perks offered at my office.
c. Stapler, paper clips, free pens. I have what i need to get by.

11. Describe your overall outlook toward your future-proof career.

a. I'm focused on the career lattice - opportunities to move up/down and across.
b. I'm focused on achieving the next rung on the career ladder.
c. I'm focused on keeping a job (and I'm keeping the stapler).

How future-proof is your career?

Mostly A's - congratulations on you seem prepared for the 21st Century Career. Read The Future-Proof Workplace for additional insights to accelerate your impact. 

Mostly B's - you have work to do and seem to be stuck in the 20th Century. Read The Future-Proof Workplace for insights and actions that will help you navigate the new work order.

Mostly C's - it's not too late to embrace the changes happening in the world of work. Read The Future-Proof Workplace for insights and actions that will prevent you from becoming obsolete.


This quiz was written by the authors of The Future-Proof Workplace, Morag Barrett and Dr. Linda Sharkey.

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Jun 10, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

3 min
Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 


Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.


Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 


When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 


Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 


The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 


It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 


Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”


The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 


According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 


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