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Automation is often presented as an inexorably advancing force, whether it’s ushering in a threat to jobs or a promise of increased leisure or larger profits. We’re made to imagine the robots rising, increasingly mechanized systems of production, more streamlined modes of everyday living.
Rob Grant and I were writing a Radio 4 comedy show called Son of Cliché in which there was a recurring sketch called Dave Hollins: Space Cadet, a parody of Alien, with a lone survivor and a computer, voiced by Chris Barrie.
As a coach who works with a lot of business owners and solopreneurs, I’ve seen my clients do everything from marketing to idea generation to logistical firefighting. Often, they’re doing all these things on the same day, if not the same hour.
With all of the slouching over a computer that I do, it’s no surprise that I often get comments on my posture. “Sit up straight!” friends will tell me. “Put your arms back!” My buds might be on to something, slouching for an extended period of time contributes to poor posture.
No matter what career stage you're in, if you want to advance, then somebody in a decision-making position needs to see you as ready to take on more responsibility. How do you do show you’re ready?