The job description and organizational chart no longer matter. Fit springs from aspirations, not qualifications. Hire people for their capacity to learn, rather than for what they already know. Companies might resemble film and television projects, bringing people in for a limited period of time to perform certain tasks. They can apply what they learn from that experience to their next “tour.”
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Capacity is a company’s ability to respond to opportunities. Shifts in context help businesses acknowledge their biases. By nurturing a working environment which bolsters capacity, companies can learn from, and seize the opportunities presented by these bias-busting moments. The technology used t...
Instead of focusing on what your company produces, focus on the conditions in which you create and produce. These conditions are culture and capacity. Culture is a sense of purpose and value and which companies create either intentionally or accidentally. Workplaces with intentional cult...
Build adaptive teams that are purpose-built to deal with a particular challenge or goal. For example, a team could have specialists – engineers, designers, project handlers – who rotate frequently, and a research group that scans the horizon for new opportunities. Your teams need “clear eyes focu...
The “S-Curve” macro-process demonstrates the learning generations in four stages: Explore, Experiment, Execute and Expand.
During third-generation acceleration, the first two phases, Explore and Experiment, occur more frequently than during the Execute and Expand phases. De...
Companies that were once “containers” for jobs will become “platforms” that combine human and technological know-how.
They will require five types of talent:
“Foundational” – People who operate a company.
“Rotational” – People who do work requi...
Open and connected systems help learners recognize the signals of change and respond appropriately. These systems encapsulate three organizational learning generations.
Kids need foundational knowledge that helps them put data in context. They also require fundamental literacies in traditional reading and quantitative skills, digital intelligence, creativity and collaboration.
The popular online learning site Khan Academy, for example, organizes students ...
People differ from animals by their “pedagogical learning stance:” an ability to take what they have learned and apply it to different situations and problems.
Continuous learning and disruption is uniquely human and enables people to adapt to changing circumstances.
Humans are crea...
From a group of three people, one is randomly selected to lead. They receive four cookies to share. Each takes a cookie. Almost every time, the leader took the remaining cookie. When a person feels powerful, they stop caring what people think and lose their sense of empathy, fairness and collabor...
The world is undergoing three “climate changes” – in the environment, in the market and in technology – which are forcing people to become more adept at adapting. Jobs change so quickly that your current job may not exist in 18 to 24 months. Artificial intelligence (AI) will likely transform 100 ...
Market climate change is on the horizon. Currency, collaboration and contracts, among other transactions, will all become digital and move at the speed of light.
The three climate changes will reshape ethics, community, geopolitics, politics, work and education. A “left” and “right” politic...
Three forces drive work in the modern age:
Automation – This work is repetitive, inexpensive, low complexity and of lesser value.
Atomization – Predictable and discrete, this work is medium cost and of moderate complexity and value.
The days when the shareholder is king and workers are merely a cost that companies seek to minimize are almost over. Maniacal reliance on quarterly earnings is a poor long-term strategy for any enterprise.
Leaders need to be more mindful about where they lead their people and how. The idea...
Young graduates can expect to work in 17 different jobs during their lifetimes.
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The new work environment requires soft skills – such as working well with others. Employees must also possess less obvious capacities such as a willingness to learn and a capacity for understanding their purpose within the larger organizational framework.
In a world where “the pivot is th...
An evolutionary biologist tested a strategy for producing the most eggs from the best laying hens among nine flocks by putting the best together in one cage. Of the nine top producers, only three survived, having pecked the others to death. The better option: spreading out all the hens from the h...
A good job posting should start with a description of your organization. Describe the ideal candidate, not the job. Explain how you want the applicant to embrace the job. Building adaptive teams means embracing adaptive hiring strategies.
The best leaders hire for mission and mindset but c...
In the past jobs were about muscles, now they’re about brains, but in future, they’ll be about the heart.
by Heather E. McGowan, Chris Shipley
Dance movement psychotherapist
McGowan and Shipley posit a future in which humans share knowledge and build meaningful workplace cultures.
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