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Presentation I delivered to seniors in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Union College - Feb. 14, 2013

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  • My name is Christopher Bishop. I am a currently working as a communications specialist in IBM’s Global Financing organization. I am delighted to be here. Let me give you a sense of what I am going to speak about this morning…
  • Why me? Multiple careers over 35 years Kind of the poster child for 21 st century work model Graduated with a BA in German literature-minored in music – translated five short stories into English by eccentric post WW II German authors Took 16 th century poetry, dance classes, jazz, played in two symphonies, did gigs with my rock band at ski resorts
  • 6 months after graduating, I got a gig with McKendree Spring. 6 months after that I was touring England and Germany. Toured all over the US and many gigs in Canada. Recorded three albums – one at the Manor, Oxford England, Electric Ladyland- (Hendrix’s studio on 8 th St in New York) and Bearsville in Woodstock, where the Band, Bob Dylan and Todd Rundgren among other made records…when the band broke up I moved to New York City REINVENTION
  • Moved to NYC in 1976 and worked as a freelance musician –played in dozens if not hundreds of bands over 16 years – Robert Palmer, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Skunk Baxter On a rooftop in NYC in 1981 with Baird Hersey (class of 73) pop-rock band MATSUO-BEBOP REINVENTION I was also playing in on average 12 different bands at the same time in styles ranging from country to rock to punk to R&B to jazz MOVE TO JINGLES_REINVENTION
  • Wrote music for radio and TV commercials using a Synclavier – state of the art (at the time) digital musical instrument – Gimme A Break – Kit Kat spot MOVE TO COMPUTERS - REINVENTION
  • REINVENTION – MOVE TO WEB Worked at several seminal interactive agencies in New York – CKS Partners, Eagle River Interactive, i3 Media – made the transition by learning, reading, talking to people
  • REINVENTION – VARIOUS ROLES Hired as an Account Manager in Corporate Internet Programs in 1998, have worked in Web production, business strategy development, and communications NEW TECH
  • When I graduated in 1972, there were no: no personal computers, no World Wide Web, no cell phones, no Facebook, no GPS, no DVDs’ also - no hybrid cars, no blogging, no texting, no Leet Speak, no cloning, no mapping the human genome, no space shuttle, no microloans, no wireless power, no black president, Tell BlackBerry story Surveying a shattered employment landscape, they summoned the optimism to regard looming obstacles as opportunities for scenic detours. "There are definitely downsides to it being harder to get a job," says Alex Lavoie, a 21-year-old junior from Avon, Conn. "But it's forced people to look harder at what they really want to do instead of following a standardized path." Read more:  http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1898024_1898023_1898101,00.html #ixzz1aCHHmoWD
  • 03/04/13 20:45 Every 40 – 60 years over the past three centuries, society has witnessed a great surge of business innovation sparked by technological advances which usher in a revolutionary new era . Each follows a predictable pattern of two distinct periods of 20-30 years. There have been five such surges in modern history according to Carlota Perez, who teaches at Cambridge University, wrote a very important book called "Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital," about how the world economy has developed. She found a consistent pattern in how these phases emerge, I’m going to spend a little time on this historical approach, to give you a sense of the basic logic, because the same pattern plays out time and again. We see this pattern around every major new technology . Something new emerges, and all of a sudden we need to go back and deal with some of the societal infrastructural issues . Then the technology can take off. In the late 1840s, investors poured money into new railways with little regard for where they were routed, how well they were designed or how many rail lines the market really needed. And there was no thought given to standards, so when two lines approached each other, they'd find their tracks didn't line up. - To some, this period is a much more boring affair. All the quick bucks have been made. The emphasis is no longer on raw technology but on how to apply and capitalize on it. Period of invention generates wholly new products, markets and industries and a new infrastructure to support its growth. Speculative capital inevitably leads to a bubble, an economic meltdown and a correction. Market adjusts, resulting in extended period of "deployment“ The same pattern occurred with steam railways in 1829; with steel, electricity, and heavy engineering in 1875; with oil, autos, and mass production in 1908; and right up to the present era, which she calls information and telecommunications, starting in 1971. that we're just starting the deployment phase of the information and telecommunications era, which will take perhaps 25 to 45 years to get really baked into our society.
  • Globally interconnected Data from embedded devices Driving new and evolving business models
  • Data is everywhere and easy to find
  • They don't teach that in B school — at least not yet. In fact, Rob Carter, chief information officer at FedEx, thinks the best training for anyone who wants to succeed in 10 years is the online game  World of Warcraft.  Carter says  WoW,  as its 10 million devotees worldwide call it, offers a peek into the workplace of the future. Each team faces a fast-paced, complicated series of obstacles called quests, and each player, via his online avatar, must contribute to resolving them or else lose his place on the team. The player who contributes most gets to lead the team — until someone else contributes more. The game, which many Gen Yers learned as teens, is intensely collaborative, constantly demanding and often surprising. "It takes exactly the same skill set people will need more of in the future to collaborate on work projects," says Carter. "The kids are already doing it." Read more:  http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1898024_1898023_1898086,00.html #ixzz1aCFsj5SM
  • To be successful, I have used the same skills across all of my careers…
  • By 2019, Generation X — that relatively small cohort born from 1965 to 1978 — will have spent nearly two decades bumping up against a gray ceiling of boomers in senior decision-making jobs. But that will end. Janet Reid, managing partner at Global Lead, a consulting firm that advises companies like PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble, says, "In 2019, Gen X will finally be in charge. And they will make some big changes." Read more:  http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1898024_1898023_1898086,00.html #ixzz1aCF2d0sy "Paying your dues, moving up slowly and getting the corner office — that's going away. In 10 years, it will be gone," says Bruce Tulgan, head of the consulting firm Rainmaker Thinking, based in New Haven, Conn., and author of a new book about managing Gen Y called  Not Everyone Gets a Trophy. Read more:  http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1898024_1898023_1898086,00.html #ixzz1aCFDrkIJ
  • Globally interconnected Data from embedded devices Driving new and evolving business models
  • Globally interconnected Data from embedded devices Driving new and evolving business models
  • Globally interconnected Data from embedded devices Driving new and evolving business models
  • Globally interconnected Data from embedded devices Driving new and evolving business models
  • Globally interconnected Data from embedded devices Driving new and evolving business models
  • Globally interconnected Data from embedded devices Driving new and evolving business models
  • 3D-Printing a Future Moon Base
  • So this brings us right to the question of how are you going to be successful in this new borderless, global workplace paradigm? Through my secret sauce ingredients – antenna, network, and brand
  • Read the Journal , Huffinton Post, embrace technology, go to meetings – be aware of trending ideally in all fields not just the one you are interested in, Virtual Worlds It all connects in various ways, to varying degrees, but it all does
  • Mike Brecker story Formerly the domain of movie stars, athletes and the occasional politician – but now it is everybody a brand is a promise, a perspective, a uniqueness that differentiates you from the rest of the pack Facebook write, compose, paint, draw, post! You are what you do and think and write Just as companies have brands you have a brand Need to always be thinking of your own brand STORY: Mike Brecker in the studio
  • Mike Brecker story Formerly the domain of movie stars, athletes and the occasional politician – but now it is everybody a brand is a promise, a perspective, a uniqueness that differentiates you from the rest of the pack Facebook write, compose, paint, draw, post! You are what you do and think and write Just as companies have brands you have a brand Need to always be thinking of your own brand STORY: Mike Brecker in the studio
  • Describe breaking into the jingle business – 3x5 cards in a box written in pencil Critically important in a global integrated economy ACT! Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Plaxo, Xing, ACT, Google docs, other contact mgmt tools Note cards, yellow pads, whatever works
  • Describe breaking into the jingle business – 3x5 cards in a box written in pencil Critically important in a global integrated economy ACT! Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Plaxo, Xing, ACT, Google docs, other contact mgmt tools Note cards, yellow pads, whatever works

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  • 1. How to be successful in the 21st century career paradigm Christopher Bishop Senior Communications Specialist IBM Global Financing1 Union College – ECE Seminar February 14, 2013
  • 2. Agenda• Why me?• Socio-cultural perspective• Secret sauce 2
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  • 9. Five historical cycles … Innovation Deployment Crash Invention Frenzy Synergy Maturity • Formation of Mfg. industry The Industrial Panic1 1771 • Repeal of Corn Laws opening 1829 Revolution 1797 trade • Joint stock companies2 Age Railways of Steam Panic 1829 • Industry exploits economies 1873 and 1847 of scale • Separation of savings,3 Age of Steel, Electricity 1875 Depression 1893 investment banks 1920 Heavy Engineering • FDIC, SEC • Build-out of Interstate4 Age of Oil, Automobiles 1908 Crash 1929 highways 1974 and Mass Production • IMF, World Bank, BIS Dot.com Age of Information and Current period of5 Telecommunications 1971 Collapse Adoption 2000 9 Source: “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital”, Carlota Perez, 2002
  • 10. Technology is making geography … history10
  • 11. Increasing technology advancements foster decentralization11
  • 12. Increasing decentralization makes motivation, creativity and flexibility more important than ever12
  • 13. Workers are not being rewarded for carrying outorders efficiently, but for figuring out what needs to be done…doing it… and then doing it again13
  • 14. To be successful…•Creative problem-solving•Comfortable with ambiguity•Passionate•Self-directed•Resilient•Work across disciplines•Global perspective14
  • 15.  Estimates are 85% of the jobs you will be doing haven’t been invented yet  Youll be using technologies that dont exist15  to solve problems we dont yet know are problems
  • 16. U.S. Department ofLabor predicts thattoday’s learners willhave 10-14 jobs…by age 38!16
  • 17. Many of todays top in-demand jobs did not exist in 2005!•Biomedical engineer•Mobile and cloud software engineers•Sustainable energy designer•3D printer designer•iPad app developer 17
  • 18. Changes driven by technology…will create new careers in every discipline!18
  • 19. Medicine… 19
  • 20. Transportation… 20
  • 21. Education… 21
  • 22. Entertainment…Government…Energy…Finance…22
  • 23. 3D-Printing a Future Moon Base23
  • 24. Secret Sauce1) Antenna • what you want to do • what is happening in the world2) Brand - defining and assessing your own brand3) Network - finding people with similar interests24
  • 25. 1) Antenna • Monitor the world • Focus on your own skills, needs • Map the two against each other • Trust your instincts • Chase the maelstrom • Follow your bliss25
  • 26. 1) Antenna External •Elite newspapers • WSJ, NY Times, Financial Times •MIT Tech Review •BBC World Service •Futurist authors •Wired •Huff Post Internal •Self assessment – likes, dislikes, talents, challenges •Trending – how has this changed26 •Speak to friends, professors
  • 27. 2) Brand•Essence of who you are•What makes you unique•Everything you say & do•Establishes your expertise27
  • 28. 2) Brand • Think about what your personal brand is • Write down your 5 most valuable characteristics- advertisement for yourself • How would you market yourself - what makes you unique? • Remember that your brand is represented by everything you do28
  • 29. 3) Network•It’s not what you know, it’s who you know•Lifelong job•Strangers with expertise•Share your perspective•Use the tools! 29
  • 30. 3) Network• First dissect your network: who do you know based on what?• Find people who can help you but can also connect you with others “Getting the job is the job”• Look on the Web, ask your friends, teachers, parents, relatives, anyone!• Send intro emails, make calls, ask someone to introduce you• Use the tools: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube• Find groups discussing topics you like and join in•30 Try to add at least 2-3 people a week to your network
  • 31. What’s next? • Go forth • Have fun • Change the world • Keep me posted31
  • 32. THANKS! christopherbishop123@gmail.com http://twitter.com/chrisbishop http://www.christopherbishop.net Second Life: Christopher Express32