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PURPOSE - The adaptation advantage in the Future of Work

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To create a society and workforce that can adapt to rising technological capabilities and accelerating globalization, humans will need to work numerous jobs in many different industries, even geographies, in a lifetime. To succeed, we must free ourselves from “one occupational self” definition and job titles to reframing ourselves and the work we do through “purpose.”

The world isn’t running out of problems, so reframing one’s purpose around solving new and evolving problems in the age of automation is how humans will own the future of work.

In this talk, sparks & honey Advisory Board Member, Heather McGowan will unpack what we need to let go of culturally, learn quickly and thrive in the Future of work.

Come and explore with Heather how:

  • Cultural and societal norms, including demographics and the very nature of identity, are shifting faster than the widespread adoption of disruptive technologies.
  • Geographic and demographic mismatches in the supply and demand for new skills demand pro-active upskilling strategies, solutions for mobility and remote work and a new social contract.
  • A much longer career arc will require constant adaptation, agility and reinvention to work in multiple roles across many industries, even geographies. Vulnerability and humility are the qualities of successful learners and adapters- being a knower or a specialist expert can be an inhibitor.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, lack of control and uncertainty will be necessary to remain mentally resilient and apply creativity to innovate in fast-paced, disruptive environments.
  • Education systems are still preparing people, and corporations are still recruiting people, for “narrowly defined occupations” and deep expertise, as if all of the above were not already the current reality.

About Heather McGowan

Heather E. McGowan is a Future-of-Work strategist and a ‘LinkedIn Top Voice on Education’. She helps leaders prepare their people and organizations to transition from the Third Industrial Revolution, marked by computerization and the automation of physical labor, to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, notable for the rapid advancement of intelligent technologies performing cognitive tasks and automating knowledge work. Her think tank is called Work to Learn because she believes that in the Third Industrial Revolution, we learned (once) in order to work and now, in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we will work in order to (continuously) learn.

Heather provides bespoke consulting to clients ranging from start-ups to F500 companies and global institutions, including Autodesk, Biogen, Citi, Accor Hotels, AARP, The World Bank. Heather recently joined Australia’s Swinburne University’s newly established Center for the New Workforce as Adjunct Professor. Prior academic roles include The Rhode Island School of Design, Becker College, and Jefferson University, where she was the strategic architect of the first undergraduate college focused exclusively on innovation.

She is the co-editor and author of the book Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate and a Forbes contributor. She is working on her latest book on the future of work, The Adaptation Advantage, due out by Wiley in spring 2020.

Heather’s lucidity on humans, skills and the future of work drawing on her cross-industry research, illuminating graphic frameworks and powerful metaphors has made her a sought-after speaker to help governments, corporations and employees anticipate the future and prepare and adapt for jobs that do not yet exist.

More…https://www.heathermcgowan.com/

About the sparks & honey Culture Briefing:

s&h hosts Culture Briefings to explore and discuss cultural trends from the mainstream to the fringe. Over an hour, we unpack 25 to 35 cultural signals and apply these to relevant macro and mega trends and clients in real time. As part of our Open Agency philosophy, we welcome guests to our Culture Briefing every day from 12 pm EST to 1 pm EST.

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