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Apr 4, 2024

Feeling Future Shocked? Got the certainty-addiction blues? This episode dives deep into the ever-shifting currents and consequences of work and innovation. Listen to AQ expert Ira S Wolfe and Michael Lee, a maestro of adaptability, creativity, and innovative thinking. Whether you're staring down the barrel of a job change, wrestling with the march of AI and automation, or simply seeking to thrive in our fast-paced world, this episode is your beacon.

Here are eight tremendous takeaways you’ll learn about the power of adaptability:

  • “Future Shock” published over 50 years ago, warned us about the paralysis that comes with excessive change, and here we are, dealing with that reality as we look towards the future of employment.

  • The tech tsunami is coming for sure. But remember, the 4th and 5th industrial revolutions are set to create more jobs than they wipe out. Ride the wave with adaptability, not get wiped out by it.

  • The ability to adapt, or what we're calling the 'Adaptability Quotient,' will be an essential skill as we face technological changes that disrupt the job market.

  • The greatest challenge for leaders in the future will be to manage not only their own adaptability but to nurture an environment that supports adaptability in their teams.

  • Future-proof your psychology: Understand how acknowledging the Dunning-Kruger effect can lead to monumental personal growth.

  • The mere thought of adaptability is scarier than the actual hustle of change. It's the boogeyman in the closet of our minds.

  • Creativity is no lone wolf; it runs with a pack called ‘innovation and adaptability’. Together, they’re the ultimate dream team for the future of work.

  • Adaptability isn't just about grit; it's knowing when to pivot and how to roll with the punches.


Michael Lee is the Creative Breakthrough Catalyst, a working creative professional who facilitates breakthroughs for leaders and their teams. He is a world-recognized expert in the mindset of innovation and the art of human capacity reinvention, internationally certified as a Master of Creativity and Innovation Coaching and a Master NLP practitioner, and in six other coaching disciplines (Executive, Intercultural, Recovery, Laughter, , as well as a certified Coach Trainer and as ICF ACC, and is one of only three Africans accredited as an Adaptability Quotient (AQai) Professional Practitioner. 

He is a two time TEDx speaker, writes a regular column on creativity for the Mail and Guardian SA, does a monthly slot on Radio 702, is an Advisory Board Member or World Creativity and Innovation and an EXCO Member of the Creative Community of Practice of the BIC Foundation.

He holds an MA from Stanford University and is currently studying for an additional MS in Creativity and Change Leadership from Buffalo State University. He has spoken at numerous creativity conferences and universities (including Buffalo State) on the topics of creativity, innovation, and adaptability.

His TV productions have won 5 South African Film and TV Awards, he has directed documentaries and reality shows in the US, Europe, and numerous African countries.

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