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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 […]

5G networks slowly being built out

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Verizon rolled out 5G network service to four cities in October 2018, which I noted last March when I wrote, “Given that 5G is far from ubiquitous, it will be a few years before everyone everywhere is hurtling down the cyberspace fast lane.” Still true! That being said, definite progress has been made in rolling […]

‘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, […]

4 tips for organizations to reap the benefits of the gig economy

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The gig economy is fundamentally redefining the nature of work and the workplace, and not just for the burgeoning ranks of freelancers, independent contractors and project workers. Today, close to one-third of the global workforce is forgoing traditional employment. They are placing a higher value on independence, flexibility and mobility. Some still collect a steady […]

A secret weapon for effective workplace communication

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Enterprise success in the digital economy is dependent in large part on the ability of employees to collaborate and communicate effectively. Increasingly, this means using digital tools to work with colleagues, customers, and business partners located remotely. Likewise, professional success for modern enterprise workers relies not only on adaptability and a learning mindset, but on […]

The personality traits that keep you sane in the digital economy

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If I had to choose one key trait that both enterprises and people need to thrive (or even survive) in the digital economy, it would be adaptability. The ability to handle whatever comes your way, the ability to change when and as fast as necessary, the ability to constantly evolve. Adaptability spawns agility and creates […]

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 […]

6 tech jobs of the future

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This time of year always is good for a “best tech jobs of the upcoming year” post — especially if you can work the magic link-clicking words “six-figure” into the headline! For this post, however, we’re looking beyond 2020. What are some of the tech jobs of the future that don’t yet exist? It’s not […]

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 […]