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improvising careers: the 21st century work paradigm

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Presentation I delivered at Stern School of Business/NYU on Nov 21, 2013. Describes my multiple careers, impact of technology on all disciplines and guidance for how today's learners can be successful in the global borderless workplace: antenna, network and brand.

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improvising careers: the 21st century work paradigm

  1. 1. improvising careers: the 21st century work paradigm Christopher Bishop Strategic Partner Future Workplace 1 NYU Stern November 21, 2013
  2. 2. Agenda • Why me? • Socio-cultural perspective • Secret formula 2
  3. 3. AGE 70 Consultant Comms Business Specialist ? Strategist 60 Web producer 50 Jingle producer NYC session musician 40 30 Graduated from Bennington 20 1970 3 McKendree Spring 1980 1990 YEAR 2000 2009
  4. 4. AGE 70 Consultant Comms Business Specialist ? Strategist 60 Web producer 50 Jingle producer NYC session musician 40 30 Graduated from Bennington 20 1970 4 McKendree Spring 1980 1990 YEAR 2000 2009
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  6. 6. AGE 70 Academia Comms Business Specialist ? Strategist 60 Web producer 50 Jingle producer NYC session musician 40 30 Graduated from Bennington 20 1970 6 McKendree Spring 1980 1990 YEAR 2000 2009
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  8. 8. AGE 70 Consultant Comms Business Specialist ? Strategist 60 Web producer 50 Jingle producer NYC session musician 40 30 Graduated from Bennington 20 1970 8 McKendree Spring 1980 1990 YEAR 2000 2009
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  10. 10. AGE 70 Consultant Comms Business Specialist ? Strategist 60 Web producer 50 Jingle producer NYC session musician 40 30 Graduated from Bennington 20 1970 10 McKendree Spring 1980 1990 YEAR 2000 2009
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  12. 12. AGE 70 Consultant Comms Business Specialist ? Strategist 60 Web producer 50 Jingle producer NYC session musician 40 30 Graduated from Bennington 20 1970 12 McKendree Spring 1980 1990 YEAR 2000 2009
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  14. 14. AGE 70 Consultant Comms Business Specialist ? Strategist 60 Web producer 50 Jingle producer NYC session musician 40 30 Graduated from Bennington 20 1970 14 McKendree Spring 1980 1990 YEAR 2000 2009
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  17. 17. Five historical cycles … Innovation Invention Frenzy Crash Deployment Synergy Maturity 1771 Panic 1797 • Formation of Mfg. industry • Repeal of Corn Laws opening 1829 trade 1829 Panic 1847 • Joint stock companies • Industry exploits economies of scale 3 Age of Steel, Electricity 1875 Heavy Engineering Depression 1893 • Separation of savings, investment banks • FDIC, SEC 1920 4 Age of Oil, Automobiles 1908 and Mass Production Crash 1929 • Build-out of Interstate highways • IMF, World Bank, BIS 1974 The Industrial 1 Revolution of Steam 2 Age Railways and Age of Information and 5 Telecommunications 17 1971 Dot.com Collapse 2000 1873 Current period of Adoption Source: “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital”, Carlota Perez, 2002
  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. Many of today's top in-demand jobs did not exist a few years ago! •Social network manager •Mobile and cloud software engineers •Sustainable energy technician •3D printer operator •iPad app developer 23
  24. 24. 24 Estimates are 85% of the jobs you will be doing haven’t been invented yet…
  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. To be successful… •Creative problem-solving •Comfortable with ambiguity •Passionate •Self-directed •Resilient •Able to learn, unlearn, relearn •Work across disciplines •Global perspective 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… Government… Energy… Finance… 32
  33. 33. Global community = global workforce 33
  34. 34. Social recruiting 34
  35. 35. Siemens: Tumblr for global recruitment campaign 35 • 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"
  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) Brand - defining and assessing your own brand 3) Network - 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 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 changed •Ask friends, family, professors 40
  41. 41. 2) Brand •Essence of who you are •What makes you unique •Everything you say & do •Establishes your expertise 41
  42. 42. 2) Brand • Write down your 5 most valuable characteristics - ad for “you” • How would you then market yourself - what makes you unique? • Remember that your brand is represented by everything you do 42
  43. 43. 3) Network • It’s not what you know, it’s who you know • Lifelong job • Strangers with expertise • Share your perspective • Use the tools! 43
  44. 44. 3) Network • 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? • • • • 45 Go forth Have fun Change the world Keep me posted
  46. 46. THANKS! christopherbishop123@gmail.com http://twitter.com/chrisbishop http://www.christopherbishop.net http://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherbishop123 46

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