“Look at your individual industry and role and see where you are in danger of being automated, and how you can upscale or rescale so that you are adding unique human value to that position.” – Alexandra Levit

You’ve undoubtedly noticed that technological change and advancements in the workforce are happening faster than ever before.  Are you concerned about how to lead and thrive in the organization of the future?

Today’s expert guest on Finding Brave answers this question brilliantly, and shows us why the future world won’t be doomsday, but instead, will be exciting, rewarding and full of opportunity for so many.

Alexandra Levit’s goal is to prepare organizations and their employees to be competitive and marketable in the future business world. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has authored several books, including the international bestseller They Don’t Teach Corporate in College and Humanity Works: Merging People and Technologies for the Workforce of the Future.

Alexandra recently became a partner with organizational development firm PeopleResults. She consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, technology adoption, entrepreneurship, innovation, career and workplace trends on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Canon, Deloitte, DeVry University, Intuit, SilkRoad, and Staples, and has spoken on these topics at hundreds of organizations around the world.

In the last several years, Alexandra has conducted proprietary research on the future of work, technology adoption, the millennial generation, gender differences and bias, and the skills gap. She also served as a member of Business Roundtable’s Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Defense on current employment issues.

After listening to Alexandra on the future of work and where humanity fits in, you’ll know why it’s critical to assess today where your work may be in danger of being automated, and to start leveraging our specific talents and skills more powerfully. Also, all leaders need to understand clearly the organizational changes that are taking place and the actions that they’ll need to keep their businesses marketable and competitive.

Now’s the  time to take brave action, and not sit back and let things happen to us. Change is here — let’s embrace it.  

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Why Alexandra knew she had to write her latest book and why the leaders of today, and tomorrow, should read it [2:12]
  • The biggest trends she’s seeing in the workplace and what we should be aware of [4:57]
  • What are “applied technology skills” and why we all need digital fluency right now [8:19]
  • What worries Alexandra most about the future and the biggest thing workers will need in order to succeed [11:07]
  • Why she feels that right now is the best time in the last hundred years to be a professional and what leaders should be doing today to not fall behind [13:02]
  • What role age bias plays in the status of baby boomers in this economy [16:06]
  • The essential skills we should be developing that will be difficult to automate [23:12]
  • What’s happening to the pace of technological advancements and the role that politics plays today [26:37]
  • How Alexandra’s work has changed her view of the future of the advice she has for all of us to be thinking about [28:39]

For more information:

http://www.alexandralevit.com/

http://alexandralevit.typepad.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandralevit

http://www.facebook.com/alevit

http://www.twitter.com/alevit

Resources Mentioned:

Alexandra’s Book, Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future & Audible Format

Episode 38: Embracing Your Age and Wisdom – The Making of a Modern Elder, with Chip Conley

Stephen Hawking’s Final Paper: How to Escape From a Black Hole

23andMe & Ancestry.com

QUOTES:

“I think it’s important that existing leaders understand the organizational changes that are taking place and the actions that they’ll need to keep their businesses marketable and competitive.” [2:36]

“Everyone needs to know how technology can be deployed.” [9:07]

“The advantage is that there are easier ways to learn things than ever before. In the past, if you wanted to learn a new skill set, you had to go back to school.” [12:32]

“There are a lot of jobs where the human touch is really important and you can’t go too far, by putting machines in charge of things they really shouldn’t be in charge of.” [21:39]

“There are lots of ways that people can hone their creativity through very specific exercises and every leader should be encouraging their people to be creative.” [24:12]

“Take responsibility for your own career. The days of relying on a manager or a CEO to tell you what you should do are behind us.” [30:42]

 

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