Sunday, 22 october 2017 | Brenda Rodríguez López
They flow with the change, value their freedom, are camaleon-like, sociable, generous, ingenious and creative, know how to adapt to the new digital age needs, are not scared of unknown environments, replace "competing" by "sharing",... They are the workers who best face the changes that bring along the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They are professionals immersed in a trip where knowledge, personal development and creativity are the goals. What do you know about knowmads? Are they changing the labor world or do they change with it? Is this the new paradigm of the worker of the future?
Have you ever thought about what kind of worker you are? Do you prefer independency and flexibility or safety and stability? Do you get motivated by teamwork or do you prefer to run alone? Do you face the changes as if they were challenges?, or, do you have trouble when you try to give up doing things in a particular way? Whether you are a professional of one kind or another, you may have noticed that your labor environment is changing. It is most likely that if you have not done it yet, whether you like or not, you will need to prepare yourself for adapting to the new times and giving a twist to your professional development. A new way of understanding work is clearing the path in companies across the world, it is "the knowmad phenomenon": professionals in an active knowledge and innovation search.
Without fear of anything
John Movarec, a United States sociologist and founder of Education Futures LLC, was the one who coined the term knowmad to refer to those professionals who are capable of working with anyone, anywhere and at any moment. Individuals who use their knowledge to deal with different contexts and obstacles that they find in their work journey. These workers are characterized by their independence and malleability. At first sight, they might seem like what we nowadays label as entrepreneurs or freelancers, but although they have similarities, other qualities complement and distinguish them.
When we go into an unknown future, the uncertainty lurks at every corner. The nomadic workers identify this mysterious and volatile terrain as a perfect location; that is the territory where they prosper and the one that makes them stand out. The new technologies advance is transforming the world and the people who inhabit it. Like Rafael Sánchez Hurtado, Co-Director of the Executive Master in Human Resources, Talent Management and Leadership of the Institute for Advanced Management CEU, explained in a recent interview <<We are moving towards increasingly changing environments where the capacity for adaptation is essential>>.
Every sector has had to adapt to new situations and face problems that have not existed before. These changes are not a problem for knowmads, these kinds of challenges are precisely what motivate them to work. In fact, the origin of this new "professional tribe" is in the context of this digital revolution that is changing the labor landscape.