I changed my twitter profile to say that Canada needs to create 3 million jobs. I should qualify that – 3 million middle class jobs. It might sound like a crazy number but keep in mind that the CBC recently reported that Canada could lose up to 7.5 million jobs because of automation.
The need to generate 3 million jobs is simply to address current economic realities. Below I outline how I think Canadian companies can generate these jobs.
I think the bulk of these jobs will be generated by small and medium sized businesses that see the potential in doing things differently. By that I mean they stop spinning their wheels trying to sell to the biggest company in town and start doing more business with other companies. The economy goes from a pyramid, trying to sell to the company on top, and becomes more of a spider web with an array of relationships.
Doing things differently means that companies rethink how they interact with their employees. Wise employers realise that they need to expand development opportunities for their employees. Innovative companies encourage their staff to bring all of their talents to work. They also provide opportunities for employees to own a piece of the company (private shares, cooperatives, other arrangements).
When people can bring more of their talents to work, they want to contribute more, share and inspire. Being allowed to be an authentic person increases opportunities for innovation.
Companies can generate 3 million jobs by rethinking their business ecosystems. Some relationships work. Other relationships offer false hopes and time sinks. False hopes come in the form of thinking someone else will come in and rescue your company. They won’t. Only you will steer your company in a new direction.
And then there are time sinks. You think you are being productive when in fact you’re not. Once unproductive behaviours are hacked away, then true innovation and growth can occur.
I’m looking to create a group of small businesses to participate in a round of workshops to innovate and grow. If you’re interested, contact me directly.
Allo there ~ I'm Renée and this is my blog on leadership and business development. Here I explore the nexus between leadership, conflict resolution, networks, innovation and prosperity.