It’s no longer news that the “vision 2020” is in less than 100 days and this means that it’s time to have all the guns ready for the year 2020 which is the year where there will be more influx of technology based machines, more use of robots but in spite of these, there are skills that will still be useful in the coming decade for the business minded individuals especially Agropreneurs.

In 2016, World Economic Forum released an article on the list of skills that will be needed in 2020 and here is an excerpt from the article:

“Five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed.

By 2020, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics.

These developments will transform the way we live, and the way we work. Some jobs will disappear, others will grow and jobs that don’t even exist today will become commonplace. What is certain is that the future workforce will need to align its skillset to keep pace.

A new Forum report, The Future of Jobs, looks at the employment, skills and workforce strategy for the future.

The report asked chief human resources and strategy officers from leading global employers what the current shifts mean, specifically for employment, skills and recruitment across industries and geographies…………Some advances are ahead of others. Mobile internet and cloud technology are already impacting the way we work. Artificial intelligence, 3D printing and advanced materials are still in their early stages of use, but the pace of change will be fast.

Change won’t wait for us: business leaders, educators and governments all need to be proactive in up-skilling and retraining people so everyone can benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

You can read the rest of the article Here

So the next question on the minds of business owners especially millenials will then be: How do I get to learn these things? I mean let’s face it, we have many accidental entrepreneurs who didn’t go to a business school or learn business by working for or interning at a business and for those who have gone through either of these two options, there is a high possibility that they are equally unprepared as the latter so here a list of the necessary skills as we prepare for the dawn of another decade: 2020 to 2030 which will be one of the most advanced decade for every sector or the seeming downward slope for some depending on how much change affects you and yours.

Image source:World Economic Forum.

So, alongside the skills listed by the WEF, here are 7 skills you should have:

  1. Learning  to unlearn and relearn

Don’t be a business owner who will be stuck with the same game plan come next year. You are not too old to learn about machines and artificial intelligence or use of drones in your businesses. Don’t be a typical African parent from the 90s who will call the children to come fix things instead of learning to do them also. This skill is the mother of all others. If you are not open to lean, you might as well close down your business because it may be a little different or challenging to keep up with change.

2. Spotting patterns and trends.

This will also come from choosing to learn new things. Follow the trends, spot patterns and use it to your advantage in business.

3. Cultural awareness and sensitivity.

The world is now a full fledged global village and you cannot just be determined to identify, respect and listen to those who are of your kind alone in business and generally. You must be able to identify with, relate and talk with people from across the world and build international collaborations that will form partnerships across the Globe.

Likewise, attend Tech events, discuss with art curators; this can help your creative process for your branding, discuss with people.

4. Making money online

People are now very familiar with making things work from the corners of their homes such as ordering rides, food and organizing webinars all from the comfort of their homes. In 2020, mobile commerce will be leading. How can you make some money online?

5. Social media skill

How do you build a globally known brand without going to a TV or radio house? In 2019, some brands have gone from “Zero to Hero” on social media platforms like Snapchat, Facebook and the Almighty Instagram. Get in there. Put your brand in our faces(Please dear!!).

6. Flexibility

Entrepreneurs should know by now that we have an “interesting crop” of humans alive right now and flexibility is a skill that will help Agropreneurs with their staff. Don’t be rigid, listen to them genuinely and don’t be quick to term their explanations as excuses. You might not be able to build a relationship with them because they’d think you are only all about your business.

7. Failure management

Mistakes happen, it’s part of life and as Pharell Williams says; it’s Company R&D which is short for Research and Development. If you don’t get it right in 2020, we have 9 years till 2030; GaryVee calls it “The Patience race”. Patience and Enthusiasm is what makes Success. Learn how to deal with failures.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself; be deliberate about making your business work irrespective of the pressures that the next decade may bring.

Here is a link to where you can learn more about Agroventures and how to improve your Agribusinesses by taking short courses from Ivy leagues schools ahead of  2020.

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