Bearing in mind the number of changes or ‘disruptive forces’ which are radically affecting the current business environment and will impact workers and companies over the next decades, this Idea suggests 10 critical skills that every worker will require in the future, to ensure success in their careers and to contribute effectively as professionals.
The authors say that a qualitative shift is taking place in the ways we work. Their research is based of ongoing studies of the key forces driving change in society, combined with interviews, through which they explore the impact of these changes on workers and their careers. As such, they identify 10 skills they believe will be critical for success in tomorrow’s workforce.
The ‘disruptive forces’ they refer to as making these skills critical for tomorrow’s workers are defined as follows:
These high-level changes are what they believe will account for much of the predicted shift in worker skills. Companies, they say, can enhance their ability to ensure that their employees continuously renew the skills or competencies necessary for achieving and sustaining business goals.
The 10 skills are outlined by the authors as follows:
For individuals, the authors advise using the list above to evaluate their current skills, and then pursuing the right resources to develop and update them. Businesses should also be aware of the changing environment and adapt their strategies to ensure alignment with future skills requirements.
10 New Skills That Every Worker Needs. Devin Fidler & Mariana Gorbis. IESE Insight (First Quarter 2012).
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