Future Friday: Questions everyone should be asking about their future

Last week I discussed Ira Wolfe’s forthcoming book called Recruiting in the Age of Googlization: When The SHIFT Hits Your Plan. I talked about his revised view of VUCA, called VUCA Prime and how it offers a way to see this very complex world in a different light. I then concluded saying that I was …

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Future Friday: Does increased productivity translate to higher wages?

Last week while on vacation I was reading Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots, not exactly your typical beach reading, but interesting nonetheless. Ford was talking about the rise of technology in the 1990’s and the effect it had on wages. His analysis raised a question for me. I hope you can help me answer …

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Future Friday: What will you have to do to keep your job in the future?

Last week I wrote about the views of Gerd Leonhard on Future Friday: Lost your job to a robot, sorry but re-education will no longer secure your rescue. If you read that you may recall that Leonhard thinks humans will have to be “creators” to have their jobs protected. Anything that can be routinized will …

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Future Friday: What is the value in being an HR futurist?

I read an article in Fast Company online, written by serial entrepreneur Faisal Hoque, where he outlines the Four Questions to Turn Everyone in Your Company into a Futurist.  Having myself written Seven Steps to becoming a practical HR Futurist, I naturally read Hoque’s article. He says that by getting people to think of the …

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Future Friday: The effect of technology is different than many expected

I woke up this morning to the news announcement that Macy’s was going to move forward on their layoffs and store closings as a result to this lackluster Christmas season. Macy’s says it is eliminating more than 10,000 jobs and plans to close 68 stores after a disappointing holiday shopping season. ”Macy’s Inc. pointed to …

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Future Friday: The Paradox of the Present and how it keeps us from seeing the future

As I have mentioned numerous times I do a presentation called 7 Steps to being a practical HR Futurist. I also teach the HR classes in which we include “environmental scanning” as one of the key skill sets needed by HR professionals. People nod and agree that it is important to pay attention to the …

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Future Friday: The future is in understanding people’s experiences

“Our ability to understand people’s experiences will be key to the future of our companies” so said Mike Walsh, the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. For Walsh the workplace of the future is not one where people have been displaced, rather they are where data and culture …

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Future Friday: A world of those that “can” versus those that “can’t”

Are we creating a work world of those that “can” versus those that “can’t” was the question I had after reading an article in The Guardian. The article was about the future of work and the prognostications about how it is going to change. Let’s face it the world of work is changing already and …

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Future Friday: The demise of the open work space and the rise of the personalized workspace

A week or so ago I saw a post on my Facebook feed from John Sumser about open work spaces. It was called Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. It resonated with people who read it, both good and bad. The general consensus was that there are issues with both …

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Future Friday: The future of work definitely involves Artificial Intelligence

As you know I am out in San Francisco attending the Dreamforce conference, Salesforce.com’s annual conference. There are some amazing things going on in the world of CRM’s and one of them involves artificial intelligence or machine learning. Many companies As I have written before, AI is becoming much more common. Last year I wrote …

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