Future Friday: Common Ground

We are now in a state of workplace being where we have five generations working together. The challenges for leadership, particularly HR leadership, is how to develop communication that reaches the maximum number of people.  Richard Bailey, the president of HP’s Americas region, writes in Fast Company,  I have found that every generation in the workforce …

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Future Friday: Nine Critical Skills for the Future of HR, once more

In doing some reading about the workforce of the future I was reminded of this post I wrote in 2014. I think it is still very relevant.  In 2011 Thomas Frey wrote an article about Eight Critical Skills for the Future. He applied these to the world in general. It was an interesting article and …

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Future Friday: What is your company’s megatrend?

In a post in 2016, Future Friday: Can you tell the difference between Fads, Micro Trends, Macro Trends, and Megatrends?, I wrote that “Megatrends are the long-lasting, years in developing, things that shift the world.” Just today I read that “Climate one of four ‘megatrends’ for Qantas.” In another article Glenn Gore, who is the …

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Future Friday: Just what is the “gig” economy and can you get into it?

There is still a lot of confusion, or at least different interpretations, of what the “gig” economy consists of and how many people participate. As a full-time and long-term participant of the gig economy, I watch this information with interested. A glamour picture I came across an article in Forbes called How To Make It …

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Future Friday: A thought for the day

“The workplace has always been a fluid concept, from factories and workshops, to offices and coffee shops. This trend of a workplace being anything anywhere, according to the needs of the times, is set to continue – with the virtual office simply the next logical step.” -Paul Clarke, Head of UK at unified communications provider, …

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Future Friday: How will Artificial Intelligence be used in the future?

I have written about artificial intelligence several times, for example in Future Friday: Artificial Intelligence and the HR world and Future Friday: The future of work definitely involves Artificial Intelligence. So why am I writing about it again? The answer to that question is found in the more widespread coverage that AI is receiving. It …

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From the Archive – Future Friday: The explanation of the future is about prediction and not certainty

Many people have been writing about predictions for 2018. I wanted to republish this post from last September as a reminder that there is nothing certain in those predictions. This past week Hurricane Irma ripped through the Southeast, wreaking mass destruction and havoc. Many people in the Southeast are not able to read this blog …

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From the Archive: The biggest megatrend for the next decade

I published this earlier this year. As we head into another year I thought I would replay it. A megatrend is a large trend that deals with large-scale change. As I wrote in Future Friday: Can you tell the difference between Fads, Micro Trends, Macro Trends, and Megatrends? “Megatrends are the long-lasting, years in developing, …

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Future Friday Revisit: Shifting Megatrends and how they will affect the workplace

I posted this last year at this time, but I thought it still very relevant.  Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP also known as PwC just released a new paper discussing five megatrends they have identified. These five megatrends are discussed in their paper in terms of how they will affect global defense and security. I am …

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Future Friday: There is a future where robots don’t displace people

Everyone that ascribes to a dystopian future sees a world where people are removed from their jobs by robots. Quite a number of futurist writers, including myself (here and here), have envisioned a future where workers will be displaced from their current jobs by automation. Some have predicted wholesale unemployment, described as technological unemployment, with …

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