It all started when I attempted to share a piece of news with my Son.  Before I could complete my first sentence, he said “I’ve read this already and you don’t need to share”.  I followed up with my second attempt, this time trying to share a joke.  I ended up getting the same response.  Never one to give up I tried to strike a conversation with him on the economy and the impact of this years budget.  I thought this is my area of expertise and I could bring some great insights for him to understand.  Aaargh! the same response yet again.

Dejected, I went back to my room  trying to make sense of what just happened.  I started by asking myself,  “Is there nothing about which I can sit and have a conversation with my son”?  I must confess, it led to more and more despair thinking about possibilities. This then led me to ask the basic question “Do I have to fight for my relevance? in my relationship with my son”

This is the ‘Digital Scare!” which people need to be worried about; or are we already?  In an increasingly digital world where there are no boundaries and we are truly now a citizen of the whole universe, no news or information is news enough and information is stale within seconds of it getting published , We all are fighting to remain relevant.

I remember, having long conversations with my Dad and Mom about various aspects of life as they were the storehouse of knowledge and information what with their age and experience. I did have a little dependency there.  Today it’s the Digital community which has almost like taken over the parenting role of holding conversations.  Today’s parent seems to have lost control and is quite literally fighting to remain relevant in holding informed conversations with their children.  The child is accessing the ‘digital storehouses’ of information and parents have to contend with that.

And this scare is for real.  It’s a fight for relevance for  Parents with their children; Teachers with Students; Doctors with patients; Organizational leadership with employees and even Governments with their citizens.  The fight is not against a neighbor’s influence on your child; or a few handful of close associates who could directly influence the outcome of your transactions with family.  The fight is against billions of people across the  world who are now having the power to influence even the status of nations.

The pressure is on!

What then is the solution?  Or Is there one?

I for one think its best to embrace and acknowledge  that it is increasingly a virtual world in which everything gets defined, dictated, disrupted and more.  Instead of fighting for relevance and trying to win information with more information, we need to look at a more collaborative and actively engaged approach.    Choose to browse for information together for example  instead of restricting access, engaging in digital online conversations than shunning it could be a way forward.

Another key area where you could still remain relevant and could continue to engage with people is on “hard skills”.  These are the one’s which cannot be learnt or experienced online.  For example, your child can have all the information about swimming as a sport and the do’s and don’ts etc., but he still needs to get in the pool with you to engage and learn the hard skill.

I think there are several such hard skills which you still have more experience using which you could stay engaged and relevant.

The battle is not all lost after all!

Which battles are you fighting to remain relevant?  What alternatives have you?

Published by Sree

Professional Profile Founder and Bibliotherapist thecriticaldialogue.com 2016 - to present As a bibliotherapist, I use thecriticaldialogue.com as a medium of storytelling or the reading of specific texts for the purpose of healing and personal transformation. Co-founder and Partner Equinox Consultants 1995 - to present I have over 30 years of experience in the field of Sales, Sales Management, Human Resource Optimization and OD. As a Co-founder and Partner at Equinox, I oversee business development and client partnership apart from facilitating developmental initiatives through assessments, training and executive coaching. As a trainer I have in the last 20 years, co-facilitated and trained over 400,000 professionals at senior, middle and junior management levels, for diverse industry segments. I have special interest in Leadership and Team development, especially facilitating personal transformation through coaching. I thrive when I see large groups and enjoy facilitating large group training interventions using Equinox’s unique and powerful Large Scale Interactive Process tools and methods. I rely on my strengths of making the training highly impacting and enjoyable experience for participating groups. I have facilitated training in organizations like Reserve Bank of India, SEBI, SVP National Police Academy, SBI, Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, Deloitte, Genpact, Wells Fargo, Citibank to name a few. As an assessor At Equinox, I help facilitate the design, development and deployment of assessment tools which help individuals and businesses in augmenting their performance development efforts. I have co-created and developed Equinox’s powerful high performance tool and framework, the S.T.A.R™ Model and related assessment (for Leadership, Coaching, Team and Individuals). Also, actively involved in partnering 360 deployment for our clients who demand more than just training. I am a Certified Reflector Big Five Consultant (A Level ‘B’ Psychometric instrument) As a consultant I help clients optimize human resources by engaging with them with end-to-end transformational solutions. Starting from role and competency mapping, profiling, assessing and creating developmental actions and facilitated coaching and training, I partner client initiatives which guarantee results. I have co-created Equinox’s very own Human Resource Optimization model the S.T.A.R™. As a person I am passionate about social-upliftment and work closely with institutions helping the destitute children and the girl child. Through Equinox’s ‘Build a Life’ program, I also contribute in a small way in making a difference to this world. I like adventures and the risks which go with it. I have been an active sports person, having played hockey at the national level with distinction. I like writing on philosophy and life in general. My links: http://www..equinox.co.in and Twitter: @sreekumar_india View more posts

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