Pinpointing This Week: The New Normal.

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In an increasingly unstable and rapidly changing business world, human resource and talent management professionals will need to refocus and shift methods of leadership development and acquisition to foster more adaptive and agile teams. Behavioral competencies are becoming much less important than “learning agility, self-awareness, comfort with ambiguity, and strategic thinking” (Petrie, 2011).

Similarly, the workplace is evolving to encompass a strategically holistic way of thinking, with purpose and organizational culture no longer relegated to the ranks of ‘nice but not essential’, to being ‘absolutely critical’ for any business that hopes to thrive in the 21st century and attract the right type of job candidates; those candidates, who by the way, are aspiring to join and co-create either with enlightened leadership and teams, or to actually become the next-generation leaders.

For-benefit companies are the most profitable now, and we’re not talking just fiscally; for e.g. in 2010 Unilever declared that they would double their business over the next 10yrs while reducing their environmental footprint and increasing their social impact. We’ll see if that’s true.

And what about robots or AI? How do they factor into what the workplace of the future will look like? This week we take a look at all of the above…


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