“More people in more places can now compete, connect and collaborate with equal power and equal tools than ever before.” – Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat
This is the very definition of a globally connected world. We are in an ever changing, fast-paced digital era, and the ability to adapt as technology changes and new trends emerge is vital to business success. But beyond the technology, what will EMPLOYEES need to bring to the table to ensure success in a globally connected world?
NO MAN IS AN ISLAND: Too often, people work in a social vacuum. SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE and VIRTUAL COLLABORATION is changing this. In a globally connected world, we are no longer limited to an office. We are no longer working within a narrow community of people. Virtual teams are collaborating across time zones, cultures, ethnicities, and industries. Employees will need to embrace not only team work, but understand the social nuisances of working across a global environment.
INNOVATIVE AND ADAPTIVE THINKING: Innovation comes from creativity and the ability to think outside the box. Employees will need to be literate across multiple disciplines, able to see beyond rules and routine, and adapt quickly to changes.
DESIGN MINDSET: Moving beyond a problem-focused solution, design mindset is about focusing on the desired outcome and creating processes and systems to match client’s needs through technology and strategy. Employees will need to broaden their thinking and approach to problem solving.
SEEING THE FOREST BEYOND THE TREES: Higher math, complex design and problem solving – it is easy to leave this to technology. But as we move forward, COGNITIVE LOAD MANAGEMENT will be an increasingly important skill set for employees. Higher thinking, memory, and the ability to extrapolate information will be an invaluable skill that companies across disciplines will seek in its team members.
When we think of global connectivity, our brain leaps to technology. The Internet and computers connect us across borders. Businesses utilize technology to serve and produce for their clients. But it is the people behind the technology that allows for this innovation and growth. As a business, are your people ready for the future and the challenges that await?