Equipping Ourselves For These Complex Times

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It’s all gone a bit nuts

For most of us, 2020 will be the year when the world went truly cuckoo-crazy bowl-of-nuts nuts.

So, what skills did we think we’d need in 2020?


But is this right?

The above list was published as we approached the end of 2019 and had no idea of what 2020 would bring.

The 6 skills (in no particular order)

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1. Design

We can all design.

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2. Play

Play is such a challenge for me. I have friends who go to laughter yoga and love it, yet the thought of seeking out spaces of play scares the bejesus out of me.

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3. Meaning

Most of us want the time we spend on things to matter; to care about our work, and feel useful and valued doing it; to be in environments that help us thrive and grow and discover new abilities we never knew we had; and, to create lives that we can look back on and know were lived to their fullest.

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4. Empathy

There’s a layer to empathy that I’ve only just started to see: empathy as a design tool.

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5. Symphony

Symphony: bringing together different (perhaps seemingly disparate) elements; the musical composition of so many instruments playing their individual part to create a whole; harmonious composition.

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6. Story

By no means least, we come to the importance of story: story-weaving and story-telling.

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Weaving it all together…

At the very least, I hope that this article has inspired you to reflect on the skills and abilities you already have but didn’t realise. And if they’re skills you don’t have, that you’ll take some time to discover at least one of them.



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Anna-Marie Swan

Anna-Marie Swan

Organisational design, governance, facilitation, and strategy. https://annamarieswan.com/