Ten Skills That Are Critical For Success In The 21st Century

Written by on March 24, 2013 in Skills, Technology with 0 Comments

In an era of increasing automation and global off-shoring, workers will need to retool themselves with the following skills to more effectively manage technology and the disruptive forces that it unleashes:

1.)  Computational Thinking:  Ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

2.)  Design Mindset:  Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

3.)  Cognitive Load Management:  Ability to discriminate and filter information, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques.

4.)  New Media Literacy:  Ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

5.)  Transdisciplinarity:  Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

6.)  Sense Making:  Ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.

7.)  Social Intelligence:  Ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

8.)  Novel and adaptive thinking:  Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.

9.)  Cross-Cultural Competency:  Ability to operate in different cultural settings

10.)  Virtual Collaboration:  Ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

References and Acknowledgments:

(Winter 2013) Devin Findler, and Marina Gorbis,  “10 New Skills That Every Worker Needs”, Rotman Magazine, pp. 40-45.

Davies, Anna, Devin Fidler, and Marina Gorbis. Future Work Skills 2020. Institute for the Future for University of Phoenix. 2011.




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10 New Skills That Every Worker Needs: http://bit.ly/PSbGQ5
Institute for The Future: http://bit.ly/RnkopX
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