The Top Five Talent Challenges for Today’s C-level Executives
July 25, 2017 – ISSUE #18
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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
“Begin anywhere.” John Cage.
Forbes lists the five top talent challenges of today’s C-level executives: 1) Lack Of Diversity – Today’s businesses understand the value of diverse leadership; 2) Lack Of Key Leadership Successors – Organizations are scrambling to identify talent equipped with the leadership competencies to step into senior roles; 3) Competition For Talent – There is a premium on top talent. Take a hard look at your organization and ask, what is your unique proposition that will attract the very best people?; 4) A Mismatch Of Current Talent And Future Strategies – The leadership competencies required over the next decade prioritize agility, emotional intelligence, lateral thinking, cultural acumen, and comfort with uncertainty – in other words, ”adaptive”; and 5) Need For Digital Expertise – Few organizations have yet to fully realize enterprise-wide digital transformation.
Yet, the defining tech-industry story of the last decade has been the rise of Apple and Google. In terms of wealth creation, there is no comparison. Eight years ago, neither one of them was even in the top 10 most valuable companies in the world. But The Atlantic reports that there is a difference: Capitalism the Apple way, or Capitalism the Google way – shareholder control vs. executive control. But it might be a difference that makes no difference if you’re just a mug punter having your personal data stolen every which-way.
“There is no complete theory of anything.” Robert Anton Wilson
We’re living in the Wild West of artificial intelligence, with products and companies popping up so quickly that we’ve had little time to understand what it truly means to integrate AI into our everyday lives. A new initiative at Google, called People + AI Research (PAIR), is the company’s attempt to rein in its horses and focus on distilling user-centric design principles to govern interactions between humans and artificially intelligent systems.
In A Crack in Creation, biochemist Jennifer Doudna describes the science behind CRISPR and the history of its discovery. This guidebook to the CRISPR revolution gives equal weight to the science of CRISPR and the profound ethical questions it raises. Also, Steven J. Heine’s DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship between You and Your Genes; and Matthew Cobb’s Brave New World of Gene Editing: all three books are covered in one great review in the New York Review of Books.
Meanwhile, independent small businesses (the largest employers) don’t like credit card companies. Small businesses pay more in swipe fees than they make in profit in many cases, meaning that banks and payment companies make more money from those businesses than the owners do. This is why we are being forced into “cashless slavery” in which every single transaction is taxed by a few credit card companies, plus the government take. Bring on cryptocurrencies and frictionless exchange – Alex Tapscott, the author of Blockchain Revolution, shares how the blockchain – the technology behind bitcoin – is changing money, business, and the world (Video: 18 mins). As Peter Diamandis (from XPRIZE and Singularity U) says, “At its core, bitcoin is a smart currency designed by very forward-thinking engineers. It eliminates the need for banks, gets rid of credit card fees, currency exchange fees, money transfer fees, and reduces the need for lawyers in transactions… all good things”.
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“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” Joseph Campbell.
The idea that we are living in some simulation created by a super artificial intelligence is the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard even if Elon Musk believes it (unless it’s some kind of metaphor for the Gaming Government Media complex that we live in). I suppose it does abolish the reality of war, poverty, and misery at a single stroke which is great since all those other “people” are just simulations, right? But there is at least one reality that Elon Musk definitely believes in: the government’s ability to collect the taxpayer’s dollar and distribute it to private companies – Government “Flabbergasted” After Elon Musk’s Most Bizarre Claim Yet – talk about a simulated reality! (btw, the comments section at Zerohedge are always brilliant and frequently hilarious).
What happens when imaginary worlds are more enjoyable than the real one? A team of researchers from Princeton, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester discusses another class of individuals who are not working but are not counted as unemployed: People, primarily young men who are addicted to games. For such individuals, games provide a fantasy world that is far more enjoyable than the real world. As the person in the comments section notes: “
FIRST: these games are highly stimulating – life usually isn’t – and humans easily gravitate towards “exciting” activities. Some of these games are incredibly complicated and take real mental horsepower to succeed at.
SECOND: Gaming is social – they are doing this with other PEOPLE online – people they chat with, become friends with, they talk about problems, share life stories/experiences.
THIRD: Work opportunities for younger people are crap – but at the same time (I observe) that they usually don’t want to work at it either. I know many people who employ labor/etc. and they constantly complain about the younger folks just not giving a s**t, being late constantly, etc.
FOURTH: Imagine if you were 22 – here is what you might have personally observed if your older brother was, say, 30, went to college, had kids, and got divorced. He is horribly in debt, working at a job that isn’t going to pay for the bills, the wife took off with the kid, he is shoveling money every month at her – she has four boyfriends (they pool housing assistance) and a habit and the kid – and there is nothing he can do despite fighting with the court system – write that check or go to jail. I have seen this EXACT situation and it is much more common than y’all realize”.
Now, imagine tying all of that in with sex robots – young men just aren’t going to leave the house (their parents’ house that is).
USC Professor Azad Madni uses model-based, data-driven stories to enhance collaboration, engagement, and decision making in complex systems engineering creating an innovative solution that engages all involved parties, helps them develop a shared understanding of the problem, and allows them to collaboratively explore options with different assumptions before making informed decisions together. His method: interactive storytelling.
A new exhibit at Canada’s largest art gallery is pulling classic paintings from their canvases into three-dimensional space. Artist Alex Mayhew and Director Ian Kelso interview and video.
The Times Literary Supplement. Clue: “Keeping Cool” originally meant not reacting to racial provocation and insults. Saxophonist Lester Young started wearing sunglasses so people couldn’t see if he was reacting to abuse and humiliation. Other Jazz musicians followed suit.