Sunday, May 17, 2009

the skills workers should strive to have

According to the Institute of the Future these are the skills workers should strive to have... to equipe them for the future:
Ping Quotient
Excellent responsiveness to other people's requests for engagement; strong propensity and ability to reach out to others in a network

Longbroading
Seeing a much bigger picture; thinking in terms of higher level systems, bigger networks, longer cycles

Open Authorship
Creating content for public modification; the ability to work with massively multiple contributors

Cooperation Radar
The ability to sense, almost intuitively, who would make the best collaborators on a particular task or mission

Multi-Capitalism
Fluency in working and trading simultaneously with different hybrid capitals, e.g., natural, intellectual, social, financial, virtual

Mobbability
The ability to do real-time work in very large groups; a talent for coordinating with many people simultaneously; extreme-scale collaboration

Protovation
Fearless innovation in rapid, iterative cycles; the ability to lower the costs and increase the speed of failure

Influency
Knowing how to be persuasive and tell compelling stories in multiple social media spaces (each space requires a different persuasive strategy and technique)

Signal/Noise Management
Filtering meaningful info, patterns, and commonalities from the massively-multiple streams of data and advice

Emergensight
The ability to prepare for and handle surprising results and complexity that come with coordination, cooperation and collaboration on extreme scales
They raise some interesting & extremely valid points. Their suggestions are profound... some are existing skills, previously unnamed or hidden beneath other skills, that have now found names in their own right (such as... Cooperation Radar, Influency and Emergensight) and others are completely new (such as... Mobbability and Multi-Capitalism) at least to me.

The evident themes are coordination, cooperation and collaboration... albeit on a potentially far grander scale. I do think, however, that these skills will also work on a smaller level. They are, in some way, a response to the changes to our current understanding of life.

Well worth considering further.


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