Technology. Globalization. Changing social norms. Increasing longevity. You name it, it's affecting the way we work and learn. Discover how the rules of work are changing before our eyes.
- So you don't need me to tell you that the pace of change in the world of work is accelerating. It seems that every week brings new word of a particular job that's about to go the way of the dodo. Some of us may want to go back to what we remember as a simpler time, when many people had jobs for their entire careers. Others of us are energized by the possibilities of such a dynamic world of work. I put the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of technology and globalization. These twin juggernauts have changed how we work, where we work, and when we work.
And increasingly, they're changing the rules of work. Now it's not that technology hasn't had a profound impact on work in the past. The fossil record of the world of work is littered with the skeletons of jobs that are long gone. As futurist Ross Dawson has said, "Human history "is all about the automation of work, "right from the plow through to the spinning Jenny "through to the automobile, through to any number "of other inventions." Now technology has taken away the jobs of lamplighters, switchboard operators and street sweepers, but in the past, over time, economies have been resilient enough and innovation has been widespread enough, that those who lost work in a disrupted field were often able to find work again.
So the big question today is, is it different this time? How are automation and globalization changing the very nature of work? In the past, the pace of change has usually been stretched out over years or decades, but information technology is unlike any other kind of technology that has come before it. With the advent of robots and machine learning, often called artificial intelligence or AI, technology has the ability to create more technology in ways that were previously the realm of science fiction.
As we become an increasingly digital economy, to paraphrase a researcher friend of mine, Philip Zelikow of the University of Virginia, we are undergoing a shift in the world or work that's as fundamental as the transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy and it's happening in a blindingly short period of time. This kind of big shift, as John Hagel of Deloitte calls it, creates a lot of challenges in the work arena, but it also creates a range of opportunities if we can just understand what the new rules are.
- Why there are new rules of work, learning, and life
- Thinking like an entrepreneur
- Building your network
- Doing work driven by meaning
- Understanding the new rules of learning
- Becoming a lifelong learner
- Planning for leisure like you plan for work and learning
- Making time to give back
- What to do when the rules change again