Leadership and Success

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4 action steps to prepare your workforce for the future

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What’s the best way to prepare for the workforce of the future? With news of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and others investing billions in training, you’d be forgiven for thinking the answer is simply “reskilling the workforce.” And yet, reskilling is only one part of the solution. Creating the workforce of tomorrow requires a holistic approach […]

‘Human-friendly’ organizations will thrive in the digital age

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Automation and intelligent machines are an increasing presence in the workplace, yet organizations still need humans as much as ever to engage with customers, make business decisions, manage supply chains, do community outreach, and more. Indeed, there is a growing awareness in the enterprise world that successful organizations must strive to be as “human-friendly” as […]

Multitasking? Hardly! This is the real key to success in the digital era

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Succeeding in the digital era requires an ability to adapt and a willingness to be in lifelong learning mode. Really, you have no choice in an economy where the job you might have in 20 years doesn’t yet exist. Other traits will come in handy in the digital economy: The ability to communicate and collaborate, […]

The relationship-powered enterprise

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In a workplace increasingly filled with intelligent machines, strong interpersonal relationships between actual humans will be critical to an enterprise’s success. That’s according to an organization called the Business Relationship Management Institute (BRMI), which recently unveiled a theory it calls “Relationshipism.” I think the folks at BRMI maybe could have brainstormed a bit longer before […]

How to define yourself in the workplace of the future

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I almost switched the headline above from “how to define yourself” to “how to brand yourself,” but I don’t think it’s healthy to people to view themselves as a product — because in the age of automation and artificial intelligence (AI), it is our humanity that gives us value. That’s the point made by Aaron […]

Take these steps to reskill your workforce for the Age of Automation

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By Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Research & Advisory The age of automation is radically disrupting work as we know it. By 2022, seventy-five million jobs in 20 economies are expected to disappear, just as 133 million new jobs are created. And by 2030, 375 million workers will need to find new work, as automation […]

Want innovation in your enterprise? Put someone in charge of it

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Back in January I wrote about ways that organizations can build cultures of innovation, citing three specific tips culled from an article by consulting group LEAD Innovation Management: Communicate a vision Educate and train Reward successful outcomes But there’s another valuable piece of advice that neither I nor LEAD Innovation Management mentioned: If your goal […]

Social media trends translated for the C-suite

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Even the dedicated social media wonk has a hard keeping up with the latest in social platforms and tools for enterprise use. Once they’re identified, the next challenge becomes explaining them to the other stakeholders who fund, approve or use these tools for competitive advantage. Notorious for being skeptical of social media investment are C-level […]

When your corporate strategist is a machine

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Many enterprise leaders are eager to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand and serve customers, to optimize efficiency, and to help with decision-making. But what if AI itself actually sets corporate strategy? It’s an intriguing notion, one which Forbes contributor Daniel Shapiro explores in a recent column. Shapiro goes into great detail about how […]

Enterprise success in AI requires committed leadership

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Artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives ideally should start as pilot projects of limited scope. This allows enterprise IT pros and involved employees to learn quickly through trial and error, thus minimizing the impact of mistakes and enabling the creation of best practices for large-scale AI rollouts. Alas, problems can persist or arise even after an AI […]