In almost every industry and sector, AI is opening up new possibilities and forcing us to think outside of long-held paradigms. As these burgeoning resources reshape how we approach business, two related points emerge as vital. First, while the ‘wow’ factor of AI and machine learning is high, it would be dangerous to overestimate the value of cognitive technologies. Second, organizational leaders must be involved in the decisions to invest in and adopt technologies based on how the resources will enhance workforce performance.
Posted by Bob Wagner
February 1, 2017 at 8:55 AM
At the intersection between the state lines for Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, the Tri-State Water Wars have waged through the 21st Century. At the heart of the issue is the current future allocation of the water in the region. It’s a question of what state ‘owns’ the water in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa and the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basins, which cross the borders of the three states.
Posted by Tyler Sweatt
January 25, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Leaders continue to experience conflict between preparing for future opportunities and meeting the urgency of immediate responsibilities. In our current state of sweeping exponential change, this balance is a growing cause for concern. Yet, the tension between today and tomorrow may not be the central challenge that many leaders think it is – in fact, it might signal a source of additional resilience for the organization.
Posted by Aaron Schulman
January 18, 2017 at 9:29 AM
Consider Wikipedia, Kickstarter, 99 Designs. All are crowdsourcing platforms. All create value by using connectivity and a central platform to aggregate and assess information, ideas, funds, and other resources from a massive bank of contributors.
Posted by Jason Fieger
January 11, 2017 at 9:05 AM
January is a time for resolutions. For many people (and businesses) the first weeks of any new year are given over to setting goals and shifting priorities. Many of these objectives relate to how we will “change” or “transform.” Despite our best intentions we more often than not fail, as any number of articles about keeping resolutions will tell.
In 1995, Alvin Toffler wrote about creating a new civilization. In his aptly titled book, he delves into how societies have to address the main features of a Third Wave economy to make a successful transition from the paradigms of the Industrial Era to a future in which shared knowledge breaks down barriers between societies, organizations, and individuals. In particular, he asserts that historically flawed thought models related to business profitability and global competition would create issues for business leaders.
Posted by Phil Cunningham
December 28, 2016 at 9:15 AM
In Plato’s Meno, the character Socrates raises the question of why knowledge is more valuable than a strongly held conviction or ‘true’ belief. He relates an anecdote of a traveler navigating the road to Larissa. When the traveler comes across a fork in the road, he can either know that Larissa lies to the road on the left or he can have a ‘true’ belief that he’ll reach the city by choosing to go left.
America moved from the Agrarian Age to the Industrial Age in the mid-19th Century. At that point in our history, farmers made up 64% of the population. Today, they comprise only 2% of the U.S. population. As we settle firmly in the Knowledge Age (The Third Wave), will Educators be the next great profession to lose employment to machines?
I’ve just returned from Future Shock Forum 2016. I’m exhausted but completely energized and so grateful.
Posted by Chris Gros
December 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM
During Toffler Associates training courses, we (like many other organizations) use a simple team-building exercise called The Marshmallow Challenge. Here’s how it works: the large group is broken down into teams of about five people. Each team must build the tallest free-standing structure possible out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow must end up on top. Each team has 18 minutes to get it done. The tallest structure wins.