The build out of the “internet of things” will drive the doubling of knowledge every 12 hours, according to IBM. That means that every time you go to bed for the night, an entirely new amount of information has flooded the world. It wasn’t that long ago that robots were only part of huge factories. Now they have them available for purchase at local retailers for less than $50. Robots are more than mechanical machines…in today’s world, they are incredibly advanced tools that have the ability to automate everything, including driving.
As sourcing professionals, it is necessary that we all understand the new world we are living in, and how it impacts not only our organization, but our daily job. Do you have a knowledgeable understanding of:
- How you are going to source these new products?
- How you will negotiate contracts for technologies that didn’t exist last month?
- How you will incorporate these products into your work?
- How contracts will be crafted to protect IP?
Do you have the knowledge, skills and competencies to fully grasp the future that is here and expanding exponentially?
Education is the answer…and there are a few simple things you can do to support your own education:
Make sure you are reading a book a month. That’s an investment of only 15-20 minutes per day. If you don’t know what to read, (I have this problem) ask someone you trust, explore the internet (trusted sites) and determine what the most successful people are reading. Make sure these books are not just about your industry or current role, but about business, innovation, creativity and other areas of focus. By reading a variety of books, you will gather different insights and uncover different views on the changing world.
Teach. When you teach others, you learn. You have knowledge others want and they have insight you need. Learning is a mutual relationship.
Become a mentor for someone. Your past experiences can push someone else to new heights and expand your own capabilities. Mentoring helps you become a better leader, coach and collaborator.
Find your own mentor. You should always have a mentor to guide your life. A trusted advisor can help evaluate current business or life decisions through a neutral lens.
Be active on social media. Follow the most brilliant people on Twitter and on LinkedIn. They are following brilliant people and you will come across many wonderful articles, stories and anecdotal case studies. You can use these nuggets of information to have deeper conversations with those within your circle of influence.
Find an eLearning platform like SIG University. Of course I’m going to suggest SIG U…I work here. But whatever program you find, make sure it fits your current needs. At SIG U, you can attend class wherever you are located. The curriculum is available online anytime, which allows you to work within the confines of your schedule and manage your educational opportunities.
The past provides structure, the present is fleeting and this article is already outdated. Education is good.
Mark Pollack, Chief Strategy Officer of SIG and Vice President of SIG University, has 20 years of successful experience in change management, strategy creation and implementation, sales leadership, operational development and enhancement, business ownership, consulting and executive coaching. Mark is certified under Korn Ferry's Leadership Architect, Korn Ferry's 360 Assessment Facilitation and Interpretation; Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership; Stephan Covey’s Speed of Trust; and University of Phoenix’s Executive Development Program. He is a graduate of Sandler’s Sales Institute; Outsell Consulting and Innovators Accelerator. Mark has a Masters of Management from the University of Phoenix.