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Shift happened: Now what?


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Cultivating FQ- Future Intelligence Quotient - Anticipatory thinking and making intelligent decisions in the present that will ensure value over the LONG term.
In this talk, I applied the conversation to the forces that have created irreversible shift; what the implications are for the way in which work will happen in the future, and what skill sets will ensure the best chances of success.

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Shift happened: Now what?

  1. 1. SHIFT HAPPENED. Now what?Speaking notes prepared for the Sydney Thinking Women’s Network on the forces that changedeverything and what skills we will need in future, by Annalie Killian, Catalyst for Magic, AMP @maverickwoman 30 May 2012
  2. 2. OUR CERTAINTIES• 2012 AIM Australian Capability Index Highlights• 252 respondents, self-assessment• Key findings: • Australians most capable in Integrity, financial mngmt, governance • Least capable in Innovation products & services, & Organisation Capability • Rockbottom is Visionary & Strategic Leadership which incorp international perspectives & global thinking
  3. 3. • My role: Improve the Future Quotient (FQ) of my organisation• FQ: The ability to anticipate the future in the present so you can create value over a long-term• Examples: Amplify Festival and Samplify ( )• Amplify Theme 2013: Shift Happened: The transformation of business and work
  4. 4. OUR TECHNOLOGIES Forces that caused the shift & are still shaping it1. Advances in health> Radical longevity2. Rise of smart machines & systems, do-it-yourself technologies > automation3. New Globalisation> talent anywhere4. Ubiquitous connectivity > synchronous, asynchronous, 24/75. Radical transparency, social pressure, performance
  5. 5. DARK TRUTHS• NO INDUSTRY UNTOUCHED- not even prostitution• Scarcity and Abundance flipped > rise of Freelancers• Outdated architectures ( Corporates, education, personal)• New order, mismatch of skills• Fragmentation: Risk loss of concentration, mastery, play• Isolation: Work as community lost, other relationships• Exclusion: The new poor > loss of jobs, World Futurist Society predicts 2 billion by 2030
  6. 6. THE BRIGHT SIDE• Power returned to individual > capital, means of production, prosumer• Co-Creation> Amplification of impact, energy• Social Engagement > rise of empathy, awareness of balance, our choices & consequences• Micro-entrepreneurship > Crafting a career through continuous creativity
  7. 7. OUR SKILL-SETS• From “Earning a living” to “Learning a living”- education not bundled in early years, but all lifestages• From shallow generalist/ deep expert to serial mastery ( i-Shaped to T-shaped)• From isolated competitor to innovative connector• From passive consumer to passionate producer
  8. 8. • 10 Skillsets for the Future Workforce according to Institute for the Future
  9. 9. SENSEMAKING > ability to determine a deeper meaning or insight from data, environment, events• Artificial Intelligence vs Human Intelligence Difference: Reproductive vs Productive thinking• Genius is not about a High IQ, its about how many ways you can look at a problem• Develop? Diversity of experiences, esp kids, Make thinking visible- draw, paint, share, visual/ spatial development, theatre
  10. 10. • SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE > Ability to connect others in a deep & direct way, to sense & stimulate reactions, desired interactions• TED SYDNEY: Curator Chris Anderson> “The ability to convey complex ideas in a way that moves people is a new literacy”• Anyone notice the rise of Storytelling?• Develop? Public speaking, comedy club, blogging, storytelling, make a film
  11. 11. • NOVEL & ADAPTIVE THINKING > Proficiency at thinking beyond rote & rule- based thinking• Discontinuity demands situational adaptability to unique and unexpected scenarios• Example: Fukishima Nuclear Disaster• Rise of Project Managers, Crisis Managers• Develop? Debating IMPROV theatre, Comedy Club, Extreme Sport, racing
  12. 12. • CROSS-CULTURAL COMPETENCY> Ability to operate effectively in different cultural settings• Uni Michigan study Centre of Complex Systems, Prof Scott Page: Groups displaying a range of perspectives & skills outperform like-minded experts. “Progress depends as much on our collective differences as our individual scores”• Develop? Travel, o/seas assignments/ languages, seek out friendships with other cultures
  13. 13. • COMPUTATIONAL THINKING > Ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts & models. Understand data-based reasoning• From MS Office to Statistical analysis & quantitative reasoning skills as entry level• Programme or be programmed: Ability to code is a basic literacy for supremacy• Develop? Hacking camps, Online games/ Simulators,
  14. 14. • NEW MEDIA LITERACY > Ability to critically assess & develop content & leverage media for influence & persuasion• Rise of visual communication, low cost of production• Scaling your Social Intelligence (Skill 2)in asynchronous fashion. How can I earn a living while I’m asleep?• Develop? Learn by doing. Writing a blog is different to having a hit. Learn the difference (TED: Rebekah Campbell)
  15. 15. • TRANSDISCIPLINARITY > Competence across multiple disciplines (T-shaped)• EG Hum a tune- and someone else can jam on from there!• Develop? Double degrees, side-moves, hobbies, diversify rather than specialise, Co- working spaces
  16. 16. • DESIGN MINDSET > Ability to develop systems, objects and tasks to achieve a desired outcome• Observation skills, open-mindedness, learning vs knowing, self-awareness of assumptions• TED talk: Science communicator• Develop? Easily learnt. Collaborate with others, design something, observe &
  17. 17. • COGNITIVE LOAD MANAGEMENT > Ability to discriminate & filter information for importance, and understand how to maximise cognitive functioning using variety of tools & techniques• Discernment of facts from noise• My TED talk > Learning paradox of ubiquitous connectivity• Develop? Conversation, participation, collaboration, silence, stillness, meditation
  18. 18. • VIRTUAL COLLABORATION > ability to work productively, drive engagement & demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team• Story: My resistance to change re meeting Steve Vamos by teleconf call• New protocols, Online etiquette (Interruption, virtual meetings, conference calls)• Develop? Learn by doing,Yammer and tools, set boundaries on personal time, Appoint someone to monitor & provide feedback in virtual meetings
  19. 19. Our CHILDREN:• Role model more effective than telling. Develop:1. Global mindset ( Twitter, social networks)2. Immediate feedback > Resilience, “Like” and RTs , Rypple3. Agility> Learning & failure, creative
  20. 20. Class of 2022: Alex Knapp, Forbes > In addition to a 2nd language and ability to programme, other majors in demand will be• Maths_ the language of all life• Robotics• Agricultural engineering & Aerospace Engineering• Urban design• Hospitality Management• Quantum Engineering• 3D Design and printing• Liberal Arts• Health, Biotech, ecosystems, gerontology
  21. 21. • ENTRPRENEURSHIP & NETWORKS• Women’s Day story• My daughter:• Peter Thiel Fellows• My future career, my daughters’ business
  22. 22. • Final message:• RADICAL TRANSPARENCY, SOCIAL PRESSURE & PERFORMANCE• Rise of Free Agents > Digital Footprint & personal reputation scores
  23. 23. Sources consulted:• Institute for the Future: Future Work Skills 2020• The Shift- Lynda Gratton• The 2020 Workplace: Jeanne Meister, Kylie Willyerd• 2012 AIM Australian Capability Index Highlights