In the 20th Century Humans were the Extension of the Machine – What about the 21st Century?

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Robots are taking all the jobs… or are they? The automation economy both destroys and creates jobs, and most of us will be “working side-by-side with robots” in the future. The extension of “man and the machine” is well recognized as the hallmark of the 20th Century. What the 21st Century offers is the integration of humans and the machine.

What does this all mean for us as a race as we go forward? What will work mean, and what will it look like? What kind of jobs will we be doing, and how will be learning? All important questions that will drive this century, which will be the most advanced and profoundly impactful on humanity in history. Join us this week as we talk with J.P. Gownder, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research. We will be discussing the 10 key predictions for the evolution of automation in 2018 that everyone should know and prepare for.

J. P. Gownder is a vice president and principal analyst with expertise in devices and platforms. His research covers the role that technology innovations play in the workforce, employee experience, and the adoption of emerging technologies. He leads Forrester’s research into the impact artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics have on the future of the economy and the workforce. He also covers virtual and augmented reality, wearable computing, PCs, tablets, mobility, smartphones, and the devices and systems that power retail experiences. He also has expertise in operating systems, software, applications, and the digital platform wars. J. P. holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from Harvard University.

Closing the Technology Skills Gap

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To get work done today and in the future, leaders must embrace technology and the gig economy. Resistance is futile, yet we continue to ignore the technology skills gap, which threatens the future vibrancy of the U.S. economy, workforce development and national security. Who is responsible for creating it? What are the best solutions needed to address it?

This week’s special guest is Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus, CIO Magazine, Wall St. Journal journalist, and thought leader, who is an authority on closing the technology skills gap. We will be discussing how technology links to strategy as a business imperative and discuss steps that must be taken to embrace diversity in the technology world.

Gary Beach, author of best-selling book “The U.S. Technology Skills Gap”

Gary Beach’s career spans over three decades in the information technology media business. He has held executive posts at McGraw-Hill on Data Communications, the world’s first digital networking magazine, and at International Data Group where he was publisher of Network World (1987), Computerworld (1991) and CIO Magazine (1997). In 1999, he founded of CIO India Magazine.

Mr. Beach contributed technology commentaries to National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” programs for four years and appeared regularly for a decade on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, “Squawk on the Street” and “The Closing Bell” programs where he spoke about technology investment and acquisition trends.

In August 2013, John Wiley and Sons published Mr. Beach’s best-selling book “The U.S. Technology Skills Gap” which critics acclaim the “best contextual history of STEM education written”. In 2014 he began an assignment as a columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal where he writes regularly on the topic of technology talent.

In 2015, Mr.Beach began work on “The Skills Gap Almanac” which appears on the Twitter platform, and monthly he partners with Oklahoma State University’s Institute of Technology to publish the “Skills Gap Misery Index” which measures the pain caused by the skills gap.

 

 

Agile Relationships to Accelerate Business

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Building strategic relationships for agile business results are key for 21st Century results.  In our book, Future-Proof Workplace, we highlight that relationships are one of the key factors for success. They need to be deep, networked, and ever evolving. Relationships enhance innovation and speed.

Joining us this week is David Nour, a relationship expert and author of over ten insightful books on how to leverage relationships, will be discussing how to build them and make then last. He has consulted with some of the leading CEO’s in the world and has been a key influencer in this area. His most recent book Co-Create is a seminole work for business leaders that is a must-read.  We will be discussing how you as a leader can build deep relationships that accelerate your personal growth and business success.

David Nour, growth strategist, thought leader, and global keynote speaker

David Nour is a growth strategist, thought leader and global keynote speaker on Relationship Economics®, the concept of the quantifiable value of business relationships. Through his best-selling books, compelling speeches and valuable consulting, Nour demonstrates how relationships are the greatest of-balance-sheet asset any organization possesses, large or small, public or private. He is a popular speaker and delivers over 50 global keynotes a year explaining the hidden assets of relationships, and the art and science of investing in them. He is CEO of The Nour Group, Inc., a consulting firm that advises top global leaders and boards of corporations, associations and academic forums on disruptive innovations to fuel their growth. The Nour Group, Inc., has worked with leading global companies such as Disney, Cisco Systems, Deloitte Consulting, Hilton Worldwide, HP, IBM and more.