I’ve written a number of “nuggets” about preparing yourself, and especially your children and grandchildren, for the new workplace that is rapidly approaching. Read my nugget titled, “Great FUTURE Jobs? People Serving Machines”. This generated a number of questions about “How?”  I have been blessed during my career to have worked with and managed some very powerful teams of people with brilliant minds. Together we reshaped a number of technologies and developed innovations. Some of what follows comes from my direct experiences and some from additional readings and research. I hope it provides plenty of ideas for you…remember…if you have a question you can ask using the “Ask or Comment” page in the navigation bar on this site. Good luck in preparing yourself for employment for the future.

  1. Improve design
  2. Improve the user experience
  3. Upgrade the technology to better operating software, versions, for better future integration
  4. Find new uses or ways to set, or reset,  the “de facto” standard
  5. Revise official bids, quotes, regulations, to narrow the outcomes to favor your technology or company using your technology
  6. Make it harder for competition to copy by making it difficult to reverse engineer or by incorporating proprietary technologies
  7. Extend the market space
  8. Modify the services it provides or which are associated to it
  9. Increase the universe of applications
  10. Discover one or two “killer applications”
  11. Find new, low-cost, low-risk, high-return ways to pre-test and test the new technology either to eliminate bugs or for “proof of concept”
  12. Find ways to mitigate the negative impact on a broader universe of stakeholders, or even the most critical of stakeholders
  13. Work with the designers to improve the operations or reparability of the technology–I keep thinking of my neighbor who purchased an automobile that required the engine to be removed to change a spark plug.
  14. Be among the first to study the applications, customer experience, or even the ergonomics involved when using the old technology or when evolving to the new technology
  15. Find ways of lowering integration or operating costs
  16. Discover innovations that can added to, substitute for, or eliminated to reduce manufacturing costs without compromising quality
  17. Discover new manufacturers or services to lower manufacturing, assembly, or integration costs.