The most significant economic variable of the past year – indeed several years – has been change. Those who have responded, been affected or pivoted in response to change have succeeded. The future of employment is not hampered by the same slow rates of change and barriers to entrepreneurship as has traditionally been the case.
It is now easier, faster and more accessible than ever to become an entrepreneur in the digital age. This means industry disruption will remain a consistent part of the employment landscape now and for the foreseeable future.
Industry disruption and change are the norm for the future and the demand for innovative skills, whether from employees or entrepreneurs, will continue rising. With the industry reshuffling afoot, existing and future companies will scramble to strengthen responsive and pre-emptive innovation and those who are proactively adept at innovating will best future-proof their position.
Oddly, the most significant condition affecting the deployment of team innovation skills was first pioneered in 1999 by Amy Edmondson, yet it was only in 2012, with Google’s Project Aristotle, that this quality was truly appreciated.
Psychological safety refers to the human aspect of leading teams. It means creating safety from embarrassment and social risk for team members to speak up, contribute ideas, admit mistakes and offer open and honest thoughts. Humanising the process and creating a foundation of safety offers the key to cultivating innovation in the workforce.