The DeakinCo. report on the business development return on learning and development is well worth reading. You can download it here.
As learning and development is a field I'm in daily, and have been for over a generation, some of the findings surprised me. This from the report perhaps surprised me the most:
In my own view the top skill is ability and willingness to have and host human being centred conversations. The following are essential for such conversations:
What are your top five skills that you need to enhance to thrive?
I posted the following here on this blog in August 2019. It's all still relevant to understanding essential skills for thriving in the 21st century.
My belief is that as machines take on more and more of the algorithmic work - the simple, routine and repetitive, the more opportunity we humans have to be remarkable and to do work that is meaningful to us and highly valuable to other people.
In a wonderful book Technology vs Humanity (see my review of this book here) Gerd Leonhard refers to this as andorithms "those qualities that makes us human" have more meaning than algorithms.
Embracing this in your own best way is a key to every human's happiest future.
Each of us needs to decide what skills we need to thrive in this new world. There are many to choose from.
Here's some from Seth Godin. Original post of his
"Discipline, rigor, patience, self-control, dignity, respect, knowledge, curiosity, wisdom, ethics, honor, empathy, resilience, honesty, long-term, possibility, bravery, kindness and awareness.
All of these are real skills, soft skills, learnable skills.
But if they’re skills, that means that they are decisions. A choice we get to make. Even if it’s not easy or satisfying in the short term.
These skills are in short supply sometimes, which makes them even more valuable."
I liked this blog post from Mark Hodgson about new world of work skills. Here's Mark's list:
Influence, Communication, Creativity, Agility, Resilience, Proactivity, Teachability, Curiosity, Empathy, Collaboration, Vulnerability, Humour, Humanity, Self-leadership.
In his wonderful book Metaskills Marty Neumeier says that the following are the 5 most valuable skills you will need to thrive in the new world of work. More about Marty's book here.