The future ain’t what it used to be. – Yogi Berra
Artificial Intelligence, robots, automation, the Internet of Things, the Fourth industrial Revolution are all tech terms that have moved in to the mainstream of everyday conversation. They have come water-cooler, coffee-shop and dinner-table talk.
Doom and gloom
Unfortunately the talk is usually one of doom and gloom punctuated by predictions such as: Robots could displace 800 million jobs. This, in part explains, why they have become so popular – man bites dog will always sell over dog bits man. With such grim predictions who would not pay attention. After all the future of work is everybody’s business.
So what can we do? Can we do any thing? Or is the future one of jobless and despair?
Yogi Berra was right, the future ain’t what it use to be. However, I would go further by saying that the future is what we make it. If we want it to be positive, it will be, the opposite is also true. Moreover, and this may sound a bit odd, but the future is not some long distant time in coming, it is now, and importantly: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed. - William Gibson Click To Tweet
So again I ask what can we do?
The answer rest in rests in answering one question, yes one question: What you can do with what you know? As Tony Wagner says “it’s no longer how much you know that matters; it’s what you can do with what you know.”“In today’s world, it’s no longer how much you know that matters; it’s what you can do with what you know.” - Tony Wagner Click To Tweet
Its all about skills
In this knowledge economy it is no long about knowledge acquisition, as demonstrated by diplomas and degrees, it about skills development and demonstration. Likewise the professional world is driven less by titles and roles and more by skills and capabilities.
Think about yourself as a bundle of skills and capabilities, not a defined role or profession. – Jon Williams (Joint Global Leader, People and Organisation, PwC)
The seven critical skills
These skills as identified by Tony Wagner in his book The Global Achievement Gap. The seven skills represent a response to the global shift from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy– the rise of Artificial Intelligence, Robots, automation, the Internet of Things.
So what are these seven critical skills?
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