In episode 108 of the Leadership Minute, I talk about how generative artificial intelligence (AI) is going to impact the job market and what workers can do to prepare.
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00:20 — I spoke at a conference last week where many speakers assured people that generative AI was not coming for their jobs. I respectfully disagree. The World Economic Forum talks about digitization creating 97 million new jobs by 2025. Those jobs are in design, development, AI training, machine learning, engineering — basically, the care and feeding of digital assets.
01:29 — What do you do if you’re sitting in a job that is slowly being automated; if you don’t have the right education for one of those roles; or if you don’t live where those roles are being created and can’t move there?
01:47 — In the end, AI will enhance the jobs of decision-makers, people conducting experiments and doing analysis, and people in customer-facing roles. It’s going to reduce the number of people required for repetitive back-office tasks like accounting, translation, writing, and many legal functions.
02:23 — Here’s my advice: Tackle this head-on. Because it’s always better to be a disrupter than a disruptive. Every company that’s pondering automation needs transformation leaders, they need people who will embrace the change, not hide from it.
02:45 — Be on the forefront of learning. In fact, learn as much as you can about artificial intelligence and some of the other digital elements. Get comfortable enough to ask the right questions. If your company is in a transformation, volunteer for roles on transition teams because, in the end, leadership positions will need to be filled.