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How to Build Relationships with Generation Z

 Generation Z, defined as those born 1996-2012, is a diverse and cosmopolitan group of young people that may be inexperienced, but appreciates unique opportunities to contribute. What else do we know about them, and what can we do to better connect with Gen Z? They are city dwellers who stay put Not only is Generation Z more ethnically and racially diverse than prior generations, but members reside in heterogeneous environments as well.  According to a late 2018 study by Pew Social Trends, Gen Z...
Tags: Careers, Communication, Current Affairs, Millennials, Boomers, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Skill acquisition


How to Build Relationships with Generation Z

 Generation Z, defined as those born 1996-2012, is a diverse and cosmopolitan group of young people that may be inexperienced, but appreciates unique opportunities to contribute. What else do we know about them, and what can we do to better connect with Gen Z? They are city dwellers who stay put Not only is Generation Z more ethnically and racially diverse than prior generations, but members reside in heterogeneous environments as well.  According to a late 2018 study by Pew Social Trends, Gen Z...
Tags: Careers, Communication, Current Affairs, Millennials, Boomers, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Skill acquisition


Stress and Anxiety Guidance from Northwestern's Chief Psychologist

Greetings, friends.   I hope everyone is staying safe and well during this unprecedented and challenging situation. As many of you know, my husband Stew Shankman is a Professor and Chief Psychologist at Northwestern Medical School. He provided some great advice to the media for coping with stress and anxiety of the pandemic and our current isolation procedures. It might be helpful to share with your families, friends, and teams.   NPR CBS NBC The New York Times WGN Ch...
Tags: Careers, Current Affairs, Best Practices, Stew, HR Issues, Handy Resources, Life in the 21st Century, Attitude & Motivation, Stew Shankman, Northwestern Medical School, NPR CBS NBC The New York Times WGN Chicago


3 Innovative Business Trends for 2020

Remember when the year 2020 seemed incredibly far away? Sure enough, if we'd read about this year's new business trends in the late '90s, we might have thought they were pretty futuristic. A few developments—including the artificially intelligent voice economy, democratized IT and enhanced social video—became reality in the last few years and form the basis of future business trends in 2020 and beyond.  AI-Powered Voice Economy Proactive voice response systems have long been a part...
Tags: Business, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Siri, Management, Current Affairs, Alexa, NLP, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, AMEX Business


How to Spot the 5 Subtle Forms of Workplace Bias

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a tall, white man. While I am Caucasian, I’m not tall or male. And because depending on who you ask, between 70-80 percent of leaders have all three attributes, I’m wondering just how much my lack of two of them has held me back. When I talked, off the record, to a gender bias researcher at a prestigious U.S. university, she informed me that I should not take my success for granted. Apparently, being a short woman in Corporate America means I mu...
Tags: Careers, America, Communication, Troubleshooting, Ethics, Current Affairs, Emotional Intelligence, Best Practices, HR Issues, Life in the 21st Century, Project Implicit, Implicit Association Tests


How to Build Relationships with Generation Z

 Generation Z, defined as those born 1996-2012, is a diverse and cosmopolitan group of young people that may be inexperienced, but appreciates unique opportunities to contribute. What else do we know about them, and what can we do to better connect with Gen Z? They are city dwellers who stay put Not only is Generation Z more ethnically and racially diverse than prior generations, but members reside in heterogeneous environments as well.  According to a late 2018 study by Pew Social Trends, Gen Z...
Tags: Careers, Communication, Current Affairs, Millennials, Boomers, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Skill acquisition


2020 Best Practices in Workforce Management

The global workforce today is anything but static. Both HR professionals and individual managers must continuously adjust employment configurations in response to evolving business conditions and increase their applied technology skills – meaning they understand how to leverage available software to manage their workforces more efficiently. At the same time, 21st century business developments have mandated a focus on a more sophisticated employee experience that provides meaningful interaction f...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Best Practices, Advanced Analytics, HR Issues, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Workforce Institute, Systems Integration While


Why We Haven’t Fixed Our Diversity Problems

I’ll be the first to say I don’t have all the answers when it comes to diversity and inclusion. I don’t think anyone does, but least of all me. The closest I’ve come to discrimination is being told I had to be three times as smart, competent, and amusing as male speakers because I was a small, young-looking woman. And, sometimes people ask “odd” questions about my religion (Judaism). But just because we don’t have all the answers doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep asking the questions. The question ...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Management, Communication, Culture, Best Practices, HR Issues, Creativity & Innovation, Life in the 21st Century, Attitude & Motivation, Alexandra Levit


Questions To Ask Before You Jump on the Tech Bandwagon

Rapidly advancing technology offers a terrific opportunity to take your business to the next level and infuse your company's culture with an innovative spirit. Every year unveils new software and apps with the potential to simplify processes, streamline workflow, improve communication and increase employee and partner productivity and efficiency. However, just because a solution is new and shiny, doesn't mean that it's right for your organization and culture—at this point in time or ...
Tags: Technology, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Current Affairs, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, AMEX Business


Your Workforce: Global Demographic Changes Can't Be Denied

When people talk about workforce disruptions, they’re usually referring to technology advances or evolving work structures and environments. Rarely does anyone mention demographic changes, even though these are primary drivers of who is available to work and where. Let’s look at the big ones impacting the future of work that are sweeping the globe. The Rise and Fall of Fertility In many western nations, the birthrate has dropped below replacement levels, meaning that each pair of adults will hav...
Tags: China, India, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Globalization, HR Issues, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends


Agile Feedback is the New Performance Review

Many of us remember the days when we only talked about professional development during a once-a-year performance review conversation with our managers. We may have made development plans and set goals, but these were usually lost in the crush of immediate business priorities. And, by the time we got around to discussing them again, they were outdated and irrelevant. Fortunately, many organizations have, in recent years, moved from the annual performance management model to bi-annual or even mont...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Communication, Culture, Best Practices, People Skills, HRMS, Job Satisfaction, HR Issues, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Reviews & Promotions


The Evolution of Recruiting from 2009-2019

In 2008, I published a book with ATD Press called Success for Hire. Since then, I’ve followed the field closely and for this article, wanted to consider some of the major recruiting changes that have taken place over the last decade. The “Black Hole of HR” is No More When I entered this field, I advised candidates never to blindly submit a resume to a job board or an applicant tracking system (ATS). At the time, doing so was often a guarantee that no human eyes would ever rest on your materials....
Tags: Technology, Careers, Management, Recruiting, HR Issues, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, ATD Press


Talent Assembly as Recruitment 2.0

For most of recruiting’s history, in some ways all jobs were created equal. If your organization needed a human worker, you solicited qualified candidates to work full-time, onsite at your location, with the expectation that they’d be there for the foreseeable future. Traditional employees still exist, of course. But due to a combination of demographic shifts and technology advances, the recruitment role has become exponentially more complicated. I’ve talked about the rise of the gig economy for...
Tags: Post, New York, Technology, Careers, America, Management, Recruiting, Current Affairs, Npr, Upwork, Washington Post Talent Network, HR Issues, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Humanity Works, Talent Assembly as Recruitment


How to Prepare for Leadership Disruption

As a futurist and the host of the Workforce 2030 podcast, I’m frequently asked the most important trait leaders need to develop to effectively govern 21st century workforces. The answer is easy: agility. The business world’s only certainty is that the environment WILL change quickly, and the fastest way to organizational obscurity and failure is to deny that major disruptions are bound to occur and that regular strategy pivots will be essential.  These questions will help leaders navigate a clim...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Globalization, Best Practices, Creativity & Innovation, Life in the 21st Century, Ownership & Initiative, Future Trends, Skill acquisition, Is My Organization Agile Enough


Guiding Your Team Through Evolving Work Structures

Whether you’ve been with the same organization or moved around, if you’ve been a manager for a while, you have probably experienced a lot of changes regarding how, where, and when people work. The boundaries for what’s acceptable and what isn’t have shifted dramatically over the last 10 years, and many agree that the waters are growing even murkier. As we approach 2020, every organization is different with respect to policies on flexwork, technology-facilitated collaboration, virtual teaming, co...
Tags: Productivity, Technology, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Best Practices, HR Issues, Creativity & Innovation, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Ownership & Initiative, Attitude & Motivation, Flexible Work, Skill acquisition


A Reskilling Plan Has Become Essential

Back when I graduated from college, one was expected to leave school with nearly all the basic skills needed to succeed in a career. Maybe your employer did a more comprehensive orientation, maybe it provided access to the occasional professional development training course, and maybe you picked up a few things passively while engaging in job responsibilities or talking with your boss or mentor. But overall, you didn’t have to go too far out of your way to learn the skills or competencies you’d ...
Tags: Careers, Management, Goal Setting, Best Practices, HR Issues, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Skill acquisition, DeVry University 's Career Advisory Board


Humanity Works Book Tour: Glimpses of the Future

One of the highlights of the last year was my #humanityworks tour in the UK, from which these six videos resulted. Check them out for short and sweet advice on what's to come in the workforce of 2030 and beyond. Episode 1: Don't Worry about AI Stealing Your Job, Worry about Your Lack of Skills Episode 2: Why You Should Develop Your Interpersonal Sensitivity Skills Episode 3: Technology Will Create New Jobs Episode 4: Will Technology Develop Consciousness? Episode 5: Workplace...
Tags: Productivity, UK, Technology, Careers, Management, Communication, Current Affairs, Best Practices, Don, HR Issues, Creativity & Innovation, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Ownership & Initiative, Future Trends, Skill acquisition


AI's Relationship to Team Collaboration

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is all the rage in business. Owners hoping for more efficient operations and better team collaboration are eager to take advantage of smart machines, but where should you start? First described by Stanford computer scientist John McCarthy in 1956, artificial intelligence refers to computer simulation of human intelligence. Let's explore the categories of AI most businesses are implementing today, as well as the things to keep in mind when considering AI-based ...
Tags: Google, Productivity, Technology, Stanford, Careers, Communication, Alexa, Best Practices, John McCarthy, Creativity & Innovation, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, AMEX Business


Supply Chain Strategies for Smaller Businesses

Supply chain management refers to overseeing the processes that transform a raw material into a final product and ensuring that goods and services proceed smoothly from initial manufacturing to customer delivery. Effective supply chain management involves streamlining the flow in a way that maximizes the organization's bottom line and the end customer's value. Experts believe the future of supply chain management will include increased automation, along with a focus on analytics, sustain...
Tags: Productivity, Business, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Best Practices, Keto, Gartner Research, Creativity & Innovation, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Melanie DiSalvo, Skill acquisition, Smart Analytics Collecting


How to Think Like a Futurist

Being a futurist means paying attention to new patterns or trends that are slowly percolating up through the market and/or society that have the potential to catch on in a major way. It's about coming up with possible scenarios for the future given these developments.For me, the ideal timeframe for futurist thinking is 5-10 years, because although no one can successfully predict the future, in this window you are more likely to be able to clearly see where things are going according to curre...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Blockchain, Best Practices, Delphi, Athena, Creativity & Innovation, Life in the 21st Century, Personal Marketing, Future Trends, Fibres Futures Platform


Announcing Workforce 2030: A New Podcast About Our Most Critical Workplace Disruptions

Today marks a very special occasion. Alongside my partner of 10 years, SilkRoad Technology, a global leader in strategic onboarding for workforce transformation, I am releasing a new podcast: Workforce 2030. The show features discussions with leading talent management experts, business leaders and industry disrupters on topics about the future of work and how the workforce will transform to meet the needs of 2030 and beyond. In my tenure as a workforce futurist, I’ve spent a great deal of time o...
Tags: Productivity, Technology, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Bob, Personal Development, Best Practices, HR Issues, Creativity & Innovation, Life in the 21st Century, Continuing Education, Willis Towers Watson, Future Trends, Skill acquisition, SilkRoad Technology


Trends You Must Know About If You Produce Anything

When you produce basically anything, strong  supply chain  management is imperative. When a supply chain works well, the customer experiences better product quality and distribution. When it doesn't, productivity, revenue and customer satisfaction plunge. Fortunately,  business innovation  in the supply chain management space has flourished over the last few years, mainly due to digital advances. Here's a look at 10 business innovations that are positively impacting the space. 1. Data A...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Globalization, Best Practices, TMS, Life in the 21st Century, LPWA, Future Trends, AMEX Business, Data Analytics Big Data, Transport Management Software Known


Biz Innovations Changing Female Lives

In the business world, women haven't always had it easy. Until the end of the 20th century, it was uncommon for women to work at all. And even once we entered the hallowed halls of American companies, we struggled with unconscious bias and pay disparities. Fortunately, though, 21st-century  business innovation  is benefiting women in an unprecedented fashion. Let's explore a few recent innovations that have changed working women's lives for the better. Business Innovation #1: Flexib...
Tags: Business, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Bumble, Best Practices, Alliance, Life in the 21st Century, Bumble Bizz, Kathryn Sollmann


Modern Businesses: Local Versus Global

Not long ago, offshoring of goods and services was a foolproof way to keep costs down—if you could manage it. Now, however, due to changing markets, local sourcing is experiencing an upswing. Helped by Gabriele Rizzo, futurist adviser for private and public international defense organizations, and Alexander Bird, CEO of micronutrient food manufacturer  Kiss My Keto , let's look at the pros and cons of local versus global supply chains. Benefits and Drawbacks of Local and Global Supply Chain...
Tags: Business, Technology, Mexico, China, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Globalization, Eurostat, AlixPartners, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Gabriele Rizzo, Alexander Bird


How Digital Automation Can Help Make Your Life Easier

While many fear digital automation, more software arrives every day that saves business owners a great deal of money year by lowering costs and increasing productivity and efficiency. Let's look at a few business-related areas in which digital automation can help make your life easier. Recruitment Need to hire staff? Predictive analytics is transforming  recruitment . Predictive analytics  is deriving business insights from data to uncover patterns and illustrate potential outcomes, and i...
Tags: Productivity, Technology, Careers, Recruiting, Current Affairs, Best Practices, HR Issues, Handy Resources, Creativity & Innovation, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Skill acquisition


2019 Market Trends to Expect

The overall financial health of the global economy, as well as the resources we have available to make intelligent projections, will greatly impact business success in 2019. Let's have a look at two of the major market trends to expect this year. Continuing Stock Market Volatility We enter 2019 with the financial sector in a  bear market . (A bear market is an economy in which security prices drop 20 percent or more and stay low for a long time period.) The 2018 market was volatile and the...
Tags: Entrepreneurship, China, Careers, Management, Eu, Current Affairs, Globalization, Canada Mexico, HR Issues, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, American Express Business, Juan Carlos Arancibia


Business Innovations of the Future

As a futurist, I often get asked to predict the business trends that organizations can afford to ignore, because, while they generate a lot of buzz, they are also likely to fizzle out. On the other hand, we must also pay attention to  business innovations  that are gathering such rapid strength that adoption is now essential. Let's look at a few. Blockchain A  blockchain  is a data structure that builds a digital ledger of transactions and shares it among a distributed network of computers...
Tags: Productivity, Business, Technology, Careers, Management, Current Affairs, HR Issues, Creativity & Innovation, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Flexible Work, Skill acquisition


Key Findings from the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Survey (Part II)

Last week, I shared some compelling results from the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Future of Jobs Survey. To recap, this research set out to represent the current strategies, projections and estimates of global business, with a focus on large multinational companies and more localized companies of significance due to their employee or revenue size. Let’s examine some additional highlights from the report: Emerging in-demand roles: Among the range of established roles that are set to experience in...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Management, Customer Service, Current Affairs, Globalization, World Economic Forum, HR Issues, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Flexible Work, Future Trends, Skill acquisition, Skills gaps, Social Media Specialists


Key Findings from the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Survey (Part I)

Last week, I shared some compelling results from the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Future of Jobs Survey. To recap, this research set out to represent the current strategies, projections and estimates of global business, with a focus on large multinational companies and more localized companies of significance due to their employee or revenue size. Let’s examine some additional highlights from the report: Emerging in-demand roles: Among the range of established roles that are set to experience in...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Management, Customer Service, Current Affairs, Globalization, World Economic Forum, HR Issues, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Flexible Work, Future Trends, Skill acquisition, Skills gaps, Social Media Specialists


Key Findings from the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Survey (Part I)

What is the future of jobs? The answer to that question depends on who you ask, and in what context. The World Economic Forum has its point of view, which it explored in The 2018 Future of Jobs Survey. This original research set out to represent the current strategies, projections and estimates of global business, with a focus on large multinational companies and more localized companies of significance due to their employee or revenue size. The survey was distributed to relevant companies throu...
Tags: Careers, Management, Current Affairs, Globalization, World Economic Forum, HR Issues, Employment Trends, Life in the 21st Century, Future Trends, Skill acquisition