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Nancy Choi

Transitioning To The Future

Hi friends —

For those of you who have worked with me, you know that I’ve always been a Futurist, curious about what’s next and how we get there.  I’ve  explored those questions wearing many hats (analytics, strategy, digital product, general manager, coach) over the last 15 years.  

Lately, I’ve been diving deeper into AI, plant medicine, somatics and nervous system work, modern leadership, and the future of work.  

In this month’s newsletter, I am sharing some insights from my explorations, knowing there’s still a lot to unpack. 

We are in a Meta-Crisis.

Many psychiatrists, philosophers, and futurists describe our current times as a Meta-crisis or Great Transition.  We’re in a time between worlds or eras, experiencing multiple global crises simultaneously at an unprecedented speed and scale. This period is akin to our previous transition towards the Industrial Revolution, but what exactly this next era will be remains to be determined.   We are the Generation Transition – navigating a time of great transformation.  

It’s overwhelming our nervous systems.

That means that the world is changing faster than our nervous systems can handle, leading to unhealthy coping mechanisms like social media addiction and excessive consumerism.  We are in a loneliness epidemic, living in a dopamine culture, and walking around disconnected from our bodies.  These habits are hurting us more than they’re helping us.

So, what do we do about it?

To thrive in this era, consider these insights from thought leaders and coaches (key sources linked throughout this email):

  • Practice Self-Leadership: Focus on tending to your nervous system, building resilience, cultivating a beginner’s mindset, and continuously experimenting with self-compassion.
  • Develop Skillsets for the Future: Workplace: Critical thinking, deep thinking, anticipatory thinking, and managing paradoxes are examples of skills that will remain important for leaders.
  • Adopt the Future Leader’s Mindset: Embrace uncertainty and foster a culture of continuous learning and adaptability.  Constant change is here to stay.
  • Prioritize Long-Term Planning: While the tendency is to focus on short-term solutions, leaders will need to prioritize long-term strategic planning to stay ahead in the dynamic competitive landscape.
  • Value Relationships: Shift to a relational understanding of the world, recognizing the interconnectedness of all things and the systemic impact of our decisions.
  • Cultivate Wisdom Rather Than Knowledge: Learn what to absorb vs. ignore amidst the noise. Connecting with resonant wisdom traditions or philosophical / religious teachings will offer an expansive frame for how to see the world.
  • Embrace New Career Opportunities: Expect new jobs and career opportunities to emerge as technologies advance, especially in white-collar work.  Stay open and curious.

I realize that’s a lot to digest, but I hope these insights are meaningful. If you want coaching support on transitioning into the future, I’m only an email away.

Your pal,

Nancy

Hi, I’m a Fortune 500 leader and Coach who partners with leaders who want to be a force for good in the world.  I offer executive and career coaching, strategic consulting, and group workshops oriented around growth towards a meaningful future.  Book a call to connect.

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