Adaptive teams

In their book The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work, Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley argue that adaptability is one of the most critical skills to have in the future. While adaptability is often associated with individuals, it is also essential for teams. To build adaptive teams, the…

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scalable learning

In this post, I mentioned the skills individuals would need to master to adapt to the future of work. However, in their book, The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work, Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley argue that mastering those skills is not enough. The authors mention that we…

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thrive in future of work

I am continuing to explore ideas in Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley’s book The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work. One of the key messages in the book is that to navigate the future of work, we need to be adaptable and resilient, keeping ourselves free of the…

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future career options

I have two children, and I often wonder how to help them choose the right careers for the world as it will be tomorrow, rather than as it is today. Throughout my research, career advice for the future has been remarkably consistent. Similar to other modern-day business thinkers, Max Tegmark, the author of a book…

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new industries

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.” H. G. Wells, A Short History of the World The previous wave of innovation and globalization lifted countries and societies out of poverty. In China alone, the number of people who no longer live in poverty is equal to double the U.S. population. This is…

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robots at work, humans and machines

“The threat that automation poses for employment depends mostly on whether or not we continue to treat employees like robots” is a quote from a new book Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, written by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini. Immanuel Kant, a nineteenth-century German philosopher, maintained that we should never…

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Choosing the right career

My favorite part of David Brooks’ book The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life was a discussion on the differences between a career and a vocation. I have previously written about Amy Wrzesniewski’s research, Jobs, Careers, and Callings: People’s Relations to Their Work. Her insights were eye-opening for me as I had only…

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apprenticeship in Switzerland

I recently read two books that showcased how well apprenticeships are working in other countries. In Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, Rita McGrath gives an example of Switzerland, where apprenticeships are common. Seventy percent of ninth graders in Switzerland choose a vocational track instead of pursuing higher…

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college graduation, education

Everyone is concerned about education, now more than ever. While most people agree that the system needs to change, the question of how to change it does not have an easy answer. It is also important to distinguish between K-12 and post-secondary education. The solutions will most likely be different for college education versus primary…

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