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….. what are the top ten skills to have?


Top ten skills

What is a “disruptive age”?

The proliferation of data and acceleration of technological advancement has led to a state described as “disruptive change” with available information increasing by a factor of 2 annually. An average employee needs to process 30 times more information than their 1990’s counterpart, and over 75% of absenteeism is due to stress related illness.

Disengaged workforces cost the US economy $500 billion in productivity. An average person can only maintain concentration for 20 minutes, will forget 90% of information received every week, and can read an average of 200 words a minute, understanding only 60%. They rely on electronic devices to store data, and have lost the ability to think creatively and calculate. They have lost the ability, as humans, to communicate.

Generally people feel overwhelmed and alienated by the advancement of technology – artificial intelligence, the internet of things, virtual reality. To function effectively in the new era of disruptive change we need to read 1,000 words a minute with a comprehension rate of 85%. Only 1% of the first world population can achieve this.


What the World Economic Forum is saying

In its report “The Future of Jobs”, the World Economic Forum catalogues the 10 most important skills to address disruptive change in the following order (5 of which are directly related to how we think):

  1. Problem solving
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Integration with colleagues
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Decision making
  8. Corporate alignment
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility

Businesses leaders, techpreneurs and academics increasingly recognise Neuroscience as the key to develop these necessary skills to optimise performance. NEURO8 combines Neuroscience training coaching and profiling to create thought space enabling innovation.


What did Google do?

Just as MI6 embraced psychology to enable intelligence officers to adapt thinking from Cold War practices to the fluid geography and structure of modern international terrorism, entrepreneurs and ex-serving military personnel increasingly recognise the value of new thinking techniques to empower innovation in this new age of disruption. Knowing how to embrace the advancements of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things is knowing how to think differently. When Google grew their business and launched Google Drive it was the result of new thinking. This is just one of the examples of the most successful tech corporations of the last two decades enforcing clear thinking time into the daily schedules of their employees.



Heads We Win

Reference: The World Economic Forum: “The Future of Jobs”