Fast Company‘s long-time friend Tom Peters offers some very good advice to survive the ongoing migration of white-collar jobs to India, China and elsewhere.
If you’re going to survive, here are ten (obviously abbreviated on this blog) traits you’ll need in your kit bag, according to Peters.
- Think Like An Entrepreneur.
- Always Be A “Closer.”
- Embrace Marketing.
- Pursue Mastery.
- Thrive on Ambiguity.
- Laugh Off Vigorous Screw-ups.
- Nurture Your Network.
- Relish Technology.
- Grovel Before the Young.
- Cultivate a Passion for Renewal.
Behinds each of these short headlines is some remarkably good advice. Consider Peters’ comments about nurturing your network. “Despite numerous reports to the contrary, I do not believe that loyalty is dead. I believe that loyalty is…more imporant than ever. But the Axis of Loyalty has shifted a full 90 degrees. Old loyalty was vertical loyalty. Loyalty to a hierarchy…New loyalty is horizontal loyalty. Loyalty to a trade or industry: What matters is what your peers think of your work. Which puts a high premium on developing what I call the Rolodex Obsession. You must build–and deliberately manage–an ever-expanding network of professional contacts throughout your field.”