New book DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE ROBOTS can save you!


In early 2017 Dr Jo Cribb was just about to leave the safety of the civil service, and David Glover was contemplating his next move after several years running a business consultancy. They had noticed what was happening to their friends and colleagues and how the impact of changes driven by new technology were rewriting the rules around jobs and sustainable careers. They saw some choosing to leave the regular workforce to set up their own business or work across a number of roles while others were in denial about what might happen to their jobs in the long term. 

Sitting on a park bench on Lambton Quay in Wellington they chatted about these changes and the idea for this book was born. In this extract from Chapter Three, Jo and David provide some practical ideas on one of the first steps in thinking about change: getting to know yourself.

Understand and articulate your personal story. How?

  • Meet up with a friend and share the top five things that have made each of you who you are.
  • Write a two-page short story that explains who you are and where you have come from.
  • Paint a picture that tells your story visually.
  • If you are musical, write a song (this is what David Glover does!).
  • Draw a map of your life.

You don’t have to share any of this with anyone else. It is for your benefit alone.

Understand your why and explore your values

Watch Simon Sinek’s TED Talk “Start with why – how great leaders inspire action”:

Check out online resources such as

Doing these things will help you make plans for yourself – read Don’t Worry About the Robots for more advice on next steps. 

Don't Worry About the Robots

by Dr Jo Cribb and David Glover

Don't Worry About the Robots is a practical guide to managing the high-speed change ahead of workers. Learn how to disrupt yourself in a positive way, using key principles that will give you the best chance to survive and, even better, to thrive in the new world of work.

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