The New York Times - metered paywall - 11 May 2017
Friedman claims that income anxiety (i.e. the stress over what it now takes to secure and hold on to a good job) will dominate our lives in the years to come. The notion that we can go to college for four years and spend that knowledge for the next 30 is over. A great quote from an education expert: “Stop asking a young person WHAT you want to be when you grow up. It freezes their identity into a job that may not be there. Ask them HOW you want to be when you grow up. Having an agile learning mind-set will be the new skill set of the 21st century” (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 19 May 2017
It’s Your Turn blog - 1 Feb 2017
Companies are staffed with employees who can’t be rated on a linear scale, but vocational skills remain the backbone of the HR process. By adhering to the practice of “checking the checkboxes”, we’ve diminished the value of the skills that actually matter: “soft” skills that we should call “real”. They boil down to 5 categories (a must-read!) It is they that separate thriving organizations from struggling ones through difficult-to-measure attitudes, processes and perceptions of the people who do the work. Culture defeats strategy, every time (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 10 February 2017
Quartz - 16 Jan 2017
This is related to the theme of the article above and is a must-read for anyone with children and/or looking for a job in the years to come. As we compete with robots and AI, which are the human skills that will remain valuable? The authors provide an answer by looking at what careers require human capabilities that the robots won’t be able to beat for a very long time (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 20 January 2017