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Improvising Careers - NYU/Stern - Nov 2013

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My presentation on how to successfully navigate the global borderless workplace using antenna, mesh and voice.

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Improvising Careers - NYU/Stern - Nov 2013

  1. 1. Christopher Bishop Strategic Partner Future Workplace NYU Stern November 21, 2013 improvising careers: the 21st century work paradigm 1
  2. 2. Agenda • Why me? • Socio-cultural perspective • Secret formula 2
  3. 3. AGE YEAR 1970 1980 20091990 2000 Graduated from Bennington McKendree Spring Jingle producer Web producer Business Strategist Comms Specialist 20 30 40 50 60 Consultant 70 ? 3 NYC session musician
  4. 4. AGE YEAR 1970 1980 20091990 2000 Graduated from Bennington McKendree Spring Jingle producer Web producer Business Strategist Comms Specialist 20 30 40 50 60 Consultant 70 ? 4 NYC session musician
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  6. 6. AGE YEAR 1970 1980 20091990 2000 Graduated from Bennington McKendree Spring NYC session musician Jingle producer Web producer Business Strategist Comms Specialist 20 30 40 50 60 Academia 70 ? 6
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  8. 8. AGE YEAR 1970 1980 20091990 2000 Graduated from Bennington McKendree Spring Jingle producer Web producer Business Strategist Comms Specialist 20 30 40 50 60 Consultant 70 ? 8 NYC session musician
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  10. 10. AGE YEAR 1970 1980 20091990 2000 Graduated from Bennington McKendree Spring Jingle producer Web producer Business Strategist Comms Specialist 20 30 40 50 60 Consultant 70 ? 10 NYC session musician
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  12. 12. AGE YEAR 1970 1980 20091990 2000 Graduated from Bennington McKendree Spring Jingle producer Web producer Business Strategist Comms Specialist 20 30 40 50 60 Consultant 70 ? 12 NYC session musician
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  14. 14. AGE YEAR 1970 1980 20091990 2000 Graduated from Bennington McKendree Spring Jingle producer Web producer Business Strategist Comms Specialist 20 30 40 50 60 Consultant 70 ? 14 NYC session musician
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  17. 17. 17 Five historical cycles … Invention Innovation The Industrial Revolution Age of Steam and Railways Age of Steel, Electricity Heavy Engineering Age of Oil, Automobiles and Mass Production Age of Information and Telecommunications Frenzy Synergy Deployment Maturity Panic 1797 Depression 1893 Crash 1929 Dot.com Collapse 2000 • Formation of Mfg. industry • Repeal of Corn Laws opening trade • Joint stock companies • Industry exploits economies of scale Current period of Adoption • Separation of savings, investment banks • FDIC, SEC • Build-out of Interstate highways • IMF, World Bank, BIS 1 2 3 4 5 Source: “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital”, Carlota Perez, 2002 Panic 1847 1771 1829 1875 1908 1971 1873 1920 1974 1829 Crash
  18. 18. Increasing technology advancements foster decentralization 18
  19. 19. Increasing decentralization makes motivation, creativity and flexibility more important than ever 19
  20. 20. Workers are not being rewarded for carrying out orders, but for figuring out what needs to be done…who needs to be on the team, doing it…and then doing it again 20
  21. 21. U.S. Department of Labor predicts that todays’ learners will have ?? jobs… 21
  22. 22. U.S. Department of Labor predicts that todays’ learners will have 10-14 jobs…and by age 38! 22
  23. 23. •Social network manager •Mobile and cloud software engineers •Sustainable energy technician •3D printer operator •iPad app developer Many of today's top in-demand jobs did not exist a few years ago! 23
  24. 24. Estimates are 85% of the jobs you will be doing haven’t been invented yet…24
  25. 25. You’ll be using technology that doesn’t exist … 25
  26. 26. To solve problems we don’t yet know are problems. 26
  27. 27. •Creative problem-solving •Comfortable with ambiguity •Passionate •Self-directed •Resilient •Able to learn, unlearn, relearn •Work across disciplines •Global perspective To be successful… 27
  28. 28. Changes driven by technology… will create new careers in every discipline! 28
  29. 29. Medicine… 29
  30. 30. Transportation… 30
  31. 31. Education… 31
  32. 32. Entertainment… 32 Government… Energy… Finance…
  33. 33. Global community = global workforce 33
  34. 34. Social recruiting 34
  35. 35. Siemens: Tumblr for global recruitment campaign • Campaign uses Tumblr to identify the "brightest minds" in regions around the world while driving interest in the company • Positions working at the company as a "cutting-edge career opportunity for the managers of tomorrow"35
  36. 36. • Specialty retailer of children’s merchandise in North America • Enables job seekers to apply using LinkedIn app their mobile phones 36
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  38. 38. Secret Formula 1) Antenna • what you want to do • what is happening in the world 2) Voice - defining and assessing your own brand 3) Mesh - finding people with similar interests 38
  39. 39. 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 bliss 39
  40. 40. 1) Antenna - activity External •Elite newspapers • WSJ, NY Times, Financial Times •MIT Tech Review •BBC World Service •Futurist authors •Wired •Huff Post 40 Internal •Self assessment – likes, dislikes, talents, challenges •Trending – how has this changed •Ask friends, family, professors
  41. 41. 2) Voice •Essence of who you are •What makes you unique •Everything you say & do •Establishes your expertise 41
  42. 42. 2) Voice - activity 42 • Write down your 5 most valuable characteristics - ad for “you” • How would you then market yourself - what makes you unique? • Remember that your voice is represented by everything you do
  43. 43. •It’s not what you know, it’s who you know •Lifelong job •Strangers with expertise •Share your perspective •Use the tools! 3) Mesh 43
  44. 44. 3) Mesh - activity • First dissect your network: who do you know based on what? • Find people who can help you directly and can also connect you with others: “Getting the job is the job” • 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 • Try to add at least 2-3 people a week to your network 44
  45. 45. What’s next? • Go forth • Have fun • Change the world • Keep me posted 45
  46. 46. christopherbishop123@gmail.com http://twitter.com/chrisbishop http://www.christopherbishop.net http://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherbishop123 THANKS! 46

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