Future of Talent Institute's Blogs

The Promise and Peril of a Gig Economy

Talent and OD consultant Marc Porter explores the pros and cons of the growing segment of the US workforce, the gig worker. He outlines how the gig economy impacts companies and the gig workers themselves, detailing benefits and detriments. And Marc details how current economic conditions make it harder to join or remain in the gig economy, and how these perils reflect greater societal issues.

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Where Is the Education We Need?

Rapidly shifting workforce trends demand a significant re-evaluation of how we educate people. In the latest blog from Future of Talent Institute President Kevin Wheeler, he explores how education has supported industry historically, and he outlines 3 recommendations for changing education to meet tomorrow’s demands. Kevin argues that continuing with our narrow approach to education we risk failing the entire population.

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Bringing Tech-Savvy Talent into One of the World’s Oldest Industries

Agriculture is not considered part of “Silicon Valley.” But Monsanto is transforming to become a “digital first” company. VP of Talent and Inclusion & Diversity, Melissa Harper, discusses how Monsanto is embracing technology, and has shifted their brand focus. In her blog, Melissa shares the four steps Monsanto is taking that any organization can learn to become a “digital first” industry leader. Read it here.

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The Recruiting Coach – The Future For Recruiters

The Director of Analytics at Korn Ferry Futurestep declares we face a pivotal moment as recruiters. Machine learning and AI are forcing a shift in the role recruiters play, but that technology may not be able to improve retention and employee success. Raghav presents opportunities for human recruiters, and that there are three core areas that recruiters can address that AI cannot. Read the blog by Raghav Singh.

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The Hype of Candidate Engagement & Experience

There is a lot of hype around candidate experience and candidate engagement and a sea of anecdotal stories about their importance. But is there any empirical data supporting the effects of a positive candidate experience having on meaningful business metrics such as hiring volume, quality of hire or other productivity measures. In this blog, Kevin Wheeler discusses the hype and what we need to even gain a credible argument.

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Why Blockchain May Change the Talent Market

Blockchain is hot tech and a growing trend with tremendous potential for HR. Imagine eliminating the time wasted in constant re-verification of applicant background! Blockchain may come to your rescue. In this post, Kevin Wheeler explains what blockchain is and outlines the potential benefits it presents. Kevin also shares how blockchain is already being used and who’s causing disruption with this cutting edge tech.

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Our Skills Shortage, The Gig Workforce, and How It Gets Educated

How does a highly complex emerging workforce acquire its training to remain competitive and at the top of its game? Future of Talent founder, Kevin Wheeler, reviews the historical pros and cons of employee training and discusses the new shape of corporate education. Skills training and competitive preparedness will be acquired through many modalities to accommodate the needs of our complex workforce. All educational institutions will need to adapt to remain relevant. Read his article here.

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Automation and the Future of the Recruitment Function

Kevin Wheeler discusses, in his latest blog, the rise of automation and how it will replace many aspects of the recruitment process by 2020. Kevin also reviews the recruiting functions to be disrupted in leading organizations by Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) firms by 2025. Kevin discusses the roles of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics in these trends, and skills recruiters will use and adapt with in the future.

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Adam Cheyer on AI-vs-IA

Silicon Valley technology leader Adam Cheyer, who is known for co-inventing Siri among other innovations, offers an alternative view of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that is gaining traction. He, along with other global leaders in AI are focused on something more than making machines smarter; they want to help people get smarter. This article explains the phenomenon of “I.A.” — Intelligence Augmentation — a hopeful direction for technology.

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From Manager to Leader

If you know how to get stuff done and lead a project team it may not be enough for you to become, or be perceived, as a leader. Managers tend to be task focused, while leaders are human-centered focused requiring a different skills sets: emotional and intuitive intelligence, motivating others, and turning what others may see as conflict and hindrances into opportunities.

STEM professionals are highly educated, effective, motivated, and ambitious people, who work hard to achieve success, yet are frequently frustrated and stuck by what I call “the get it done” dilemma. Those who get it done are passed over or do not create new opportunities for themselves because they are not perceived as “strategic” or “people persons”. Read on to see how to rethink what it means for a manager to become a leader.

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