Who owns Future skill-building?

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Posted by Jeff Schwartz and David Mallon on March 04, 2019.

Companies need skilled workers to stay in business. Workers need skills to get a job and advance. It’s a two-way street. So who’s responsible for ensuring the workforce is developing the right skills and they are available at the right time? And what about the near-constant need to reskill and upskill as technology evolves? Do other institutions in society have a role and a responsibility, too—education? government? Asking and answering hard questions like these is part of the ongoing rise of the social enterprise and the growing power of individuals to influence organizational behavior.

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Creating value and meaning in the social enterprise


Posted by Michael Gretczko on February 12, 2019.

As organizations transition from business enterprise into social enterprises that meld business and social purposes, they have to leverage their human capital more effectively. Doing so is key to not only driving performance but also arriving at and navigating the crucial intersection where performance meets purpose. So what does it mean to make best use of people’s skills and abilities, especially when the future of work includes robots and people working side by side?

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Live long and prosper?

Sure, but first we need to reinvent 21st-century careers for century-long lives


Posted by Jeff Schwartz, David Mallon, on February 8, 2019.

Of all the trends and topics we talk with organizations about, there’s one that consistently causes an almost visceral response: careers. The way careers are changing, the evolving relationship between workers and employers, and what it even means to have a career today are causing people a lot of anxiety, both in the business context of managing a workforce and personally, as individuals managing their own work life. Is all the angst warranted? There’s no doubt careers have changed and will keep changing, and with change comes uneasiness. But there’s also great opportunity for reimagining and reinventing rewarding careers.

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Deconstructing Employee Experience

Posted by Madhura Chakrabarti on June 25, 2018.

Business and HR leaders are acutely aware of the importance of employee experience and the influential effect it has on organizational performance and results. Eighty percent of the HR and business leaders who participated in the Deloitte 2017 Human Capital Trends survey said that employee experience was “important” or “very important” to them. The problem: Only about one in five respondents (22 percent) said their organization was “excellent” at establishing a differentiated employee experience.1

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Learning undone: Enabling the “career constellation”

Posted by Terry Patterson, Ina Gantcheva, and Erin Clark on May 23, 2018.

Our paradigm of what a career looks like is rapidly evolving in this, the “age of accelerations”1 The learning organization has an opportunity to take the lead in enabling organizations to evolve in kind. Learning—both as a functional department and as an embedded element of organizational culture—should configure to enable the challenging, meaningful growth experiences and career mobility people seek while also building, sustaining and evolving the capabilities needed to deliver for the business.

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Creating the exponential professional

This post is the third in a three-part series on the exponential professional, focused on how professionals, organizations, and regulatory bodies can bridge the gap between the professional of today and the exponential professional of tomorrow.

Posted by Darryl Wagner, and Caroline Bennet on April 10, 2018.

John, a property insurance underwriter, reviews satellite images and property data identified as a potential significant risk by cognitive technologies. Jane, an actuary employed by an insurance company, reviews a financial report produced by a bot and ponders how the company should respond to the increased claim costs highlighted in the report. John and Jane are exponential professionals who are employed in a future workplace transformed by rapidly developing technology. Such professionals rely heavily on deliverables produced by cognitive technology, and augment that technology with their uniquely human skill sets.

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Responsibilities of the exponential professional

This post is the second in a three-part series on the exponential professional, focused on the expectations and responsibilities of the exponential professional.

Posted by Darryl Wagner, and Caroline Bennet on March 21, 2018.

HR professionals use virtual reality to facilitate employee training and increase retention. Sports reporters use natural language generators to automatically recap games and to highlight interesting statistics. Actuaries use cognitive computing to automatically evaluate data, compute results, and predict new patterns. Professionals across many industries engage employers in alternative work arrangements through the gig economy. This future of work is rapidly becoming reality as technology develops exponentially. Exponential professionals are those who capitalize on the shifting workplace by embracing new technology, leave behind traditional automatable tasks, and apply their uniquely human skill set to more high-value, strategic roles.

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