DEVELOPING HUMAN POTENTIAL
Organizations are in constant flux. Industries are consolidating, new business models are emerging, new
technologies are being developed, and consumer behaviours are evolving. For all of us the ever-increasing
pace of change can be
especially demanding. It forces us to understand and quickly respond to big shifts in the way companies
how work must get done.
Covid-19 has accelerated and brought forward the pace and magnitude of change. Its time to reconfigure what
you know, what you do and how you behave in order to remain relevant and effective in the new world.
In the words of Arie de Geus, a business theorist,
“ The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be
the only sustainable competitive advantage. ”
The claim that machines or robots will steal our jobs is a much feared and debated topic of discussion. The
that they will make millions of jobs redundant may only be partially true, and we cannot predict the exact
of jobs that might be affected. In fact, it is also possible thattechnological changes underway will create
more jobs in
different sectors if history is any indication. The question we should be asking then becomes not whether
will render you obsolete, but:
Will I rise to the challenge of learning what is required to stay relevant in the future world of
To stay relevant and effective in the future world of work one has to become what has been called “a
When you become a lifelong learner and focus on continual learning of new, in-demand skills, you claim the
face the future of work successfully. In today’s work climate, lifelong learning paves the way for current
and future success.
There is a lot being said about the future of work, and what this means for the type of skills, attitudes,
we will require to succeed. With this future already upon us, it is important that we pick up our pace of
look to build capability that helps us to adapt, thrive and succeed within an ever changing world.
WHAT ARE FUTURE FIT SKILLS
A Google search on “future world of work” yields in excess of 3 million results. A search for “skills for
future of work”
yields approximately seven hundred thousand results. There is an avalanche of literature suggesting the “top
for the future of work”. There is no “definitive” list of what these skills are, but a thorough literature
review and after years of consultation and work with corporates as well as with local and international
business schools and providers of management and executive education we believe the following to be the
skills required to be future fit: