10 Key Skills for the Future of Work

THE future of work will be radically different than anything we know today, or can even imagine. In the economy of the future people will get their work done where and when they need to-or want to. 1. Sense-making. The ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

2. Social intelligence. The ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

3. Novel and adaptive thinking. Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

4. Cross-cultural competency. The ability to operate in different cultural settings

5. Computational thinking. The ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

6. New-media literacy. The ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

7. Transdisciplinarity. Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

8. Design mind-set. Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

9. Cognitive load management. The ability to discriminate and filter information for importance and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

10. Virtual collaboration. The ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

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8 Nuggets to Living a Simple Life

Like many people, you probably run through your life bogged down by a heavy load of worries about finances, traffic jams, your career, how you look, and what people think of you etc.

Thoughts rummage through your head like the mad rush of a river on a stormy day, all needing attention which reduces you to a monkey-state. In reality, as much as you worry about giving shape to your life, you need to realize that you actually have very little control. Continue reading

The wisdom of listening

Wisdom has two parts: 1)-Having a lot to say. 2)-Not saying it.

 

– Church billboard in Vermont

 

One common trait to nearly every good leader is the art of listening. Many times, the best leaders can be among the quietest in the room. They know their time is well spent in hearing new perspectives, ideas and thoughts. It’s how they grow personally and build visions. The wisest leaders know that hearing themselves talk is no way to build trust and goodwill. You can do the same thing. When a friend needs to talk, resist the urge to give advice right away and just listen. Ask questions, and really try to understand the answer. When a customer calls, don’t say a word about your product until you fully know their needs. When your spouse is hurting, it’s not the time to prove that you were right. Over time, you can develop that leader-like sense of when to open your mouth and when to keep it clamped firmly shut.

The Four Agreements

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Quote of the Day

“The only way to get what you really want, is to know what you really want. And the only way to know what you really want, is to know yourself. And the only way to know yourself, is to be yourself. And the only way to be yourself is to listen to your heart.”

 

~ Mike Dooley