Skills for the Future

Two themes that recur throughout this course are the importance of questioning our assumptions and updating our skill sets on an ongoing basis. Continuous learning is the reality of work—now and for the foreseeable future. What does this mean to you as CEO of your career? What does this mean to you as a future HR leader? As Deloitte vice chairman Cathy Benko noted “A mere 20% of today’s workforce has the skills needed for 60% of the jobs that will be coming online within the next five to ten years.”[1]
Your TaskIn your final assignment, you will again report to the firm’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Your task is to synthesize what you’ve learned and make a commitment to your future development.
Specifically, your assignment is to reflect on and translate your learning and intentions into a 1–2 page Personal Knowledge Mastery plan. You may want to review Career Management and conduct additional research to inform your efforts.
Finding resources: The following articles can serve as a good starting point for your research:
– Harvard Business Review’s “The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners” ***
– Fast Company’s “Five Skills You’ll Need to Lead the Company of the Future”***
– Natalie Fratto’s Adaptability Quotient TED Talk: “3 ways to measure your adaptability – and how to improve it” (6:23) ***
– Helen Blunden’s Create Your Own Personal Learning Plan article on Medium ***
– Harold Jarche’s Putting people back in control of their learning– LT17 conference video (1:03:52) ***
Harrell, Eben. “The Solution to the Skills Gap Could Already Be Inside Your Company.” Harvard Business Review, September 27, 2016. ↵***