I have known Sam ( not his real name )  for a decade now. He is a good friend. In many of our conversations, I have tried to allure him to work for me. He is that good!

Last year for family reasons Sam took a year off. He is now in the process of looking for a new job. He is clear on what he wants to do and I can’t fulfil that need. But whilst he is waiting for the right oppurtunity I offered him a two month project with a condition that he would decode the job requirements and create a manual for the person who will take over from him after two months.

What struck me was, if we can decode Sam’s job, he is not indispensable.

There is deeper insight here, a process, a template, a framework, a manual,  all things we rely on for efficiency, scale and automation are a signal that  if your job can be put in to a manual you will soon be replaced. If not by another human, surely by a machine.

But a connection you create whilst doing that job is not possible to decode. It’s your unique finger print 🖐🏽.

” It doesn’t matter how many people do what you do. No one can do it like you.”

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