Steal These Thoughts! Newsletter: Exploring opportunity in strange times

Check out the latest edition of my newsletter.

This week, we explore the continued emergence of opportunity in strange times. Plus, stories on evolving skills, forming new habits and a freebie for you.

First up, let’s explore why we should keep evolving our skills to keep up with the times and set ourselves up to be future fit. When I was thinking about the best way to showcase my point. I, of course came to the conclusion that it should involve Batman.

As the answer to everything is always be Batman right? humour aside, this one delivers an important message on why we we all need to keep learning to be relevant in our current moment.

Why did I write this: Because I keep coming across too many people who have chosen not to evolve their skills and are now suffering for it. The most common example I see of this is with technology. It makes me sad to see people refusing to learn something new because they want to ‘do things the way they always have’ and then suffer with lack of employability opportunities. Don’t be left behind.

Next, a spotlight from Microsoft on how the way we work and learn is changing forever.

We all know that the world has been flipped upside down in the last few months. Many of us spend more time with apps like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Teams than we ever have before. The good folk at Microsoft have put together a bunch of data from the usage with their popular collaboration tool Teams, to show us just how much our habits have changed in the last few months. 

Last but most certainly not least, a short thought on opportunity. This is a small rambling from me mostly on seeing the opportunity in even the darkest moments.

I’m an optimist at heart and try to see the way through as much as possible. Plus, I even rope in Albert Einstein and a legendary Chinese general for backup. What more could you want from a 2 minute read?

Lockdown reading recommendation: A new addition for this week as I know some of you are probably wanting to devour some knowledge in your spare time like me.

I’m currently reading Radical Candor by ex-Apple and Googler Kim Scott. This focuses on learning how to care personally and challenge directly in feedback conversations, 1:1’s or general conversations of life from the tech titans at Apple and Google. This book has been a great help in my work so far and has deepened my knowledge on the different styles of communication. Might be worth a read for the curious amongst you.

Plus, a freebie just for you lovely people. I’ve made my popular playbook on How to create engaging communications available on the books section of my website for free for a limited time. I’m biased of course, but worth your time if you’re a learning team trying to evolve your marketing skills and for those who just want to become better at building communications that will get noticed across any channels.

That’s it for this week. Please do share your thoughts with me on these pieces or anything I share on the Twitterverse and LinkedIn. Chat to you soon and stay healthy people!

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