Episode78: Future-proof Your Skillset

Is your current skillset compatible with the evolving, technology-led needs of the business world? We need to understand what skills are key to career success, how to teach them, and why technology like AI and the metaverse require us to be more adaptable than ever to change.

Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity. With over 2 million social media followers, he was ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world. He is a best-selling author of 20 books, and his latest is Future Skills: The 20 Skills and Competencies Everyone Needs to Succeed in a Digital World.

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Episode Highlights


Trends Bernard is following in 2022


Prediction about what people will do vs. what technology will do


The need for AI ethicists in the workplace


Why and how to think critically about data


The importance of ethical awareness as a future skill


The growing importance of data literacy for non-technical people


Preparing for hybrid AI-human teams in the future workplace


Implications of hybrid AI-human teams on trust


Will AI replace human workers eventually?


The role of humility and cultivating continuous learning

Bernard’s view on the greatest unmet wellbeing need at work today

"It's about giving people a choice, and trusting people as people. I think we've seen this now and this whole movement towards working from home and hybrid working. There are some companies that have really embraced this and say, 'okay, we need to change our processes, we define some goals. And we trust that people will get on with this, then if they're working four days a week or seven days a week, and if they only work three hours at night, if they get the work done, that's all good.'

And, and there are other companies that take a completely different perspective. And they say [that] we need to control people, we need to measure everything they're doing, we're not measuring the keystrokes. We're measuring how much time they spend on their computers, the websites that are visiting.

I find this very disturbing. So I'm a great believer in giving people a choice and trusting people and I believe if you feel that you have this freedom, and people trust you and give you the choice, and enable you to learn this word contribute hugely to well being."

What “working with humans” means to Bernard

“Working with with humans means recognizing humans for the amazing capabilities and skills they have. That really sets us apart from machines and animals.”


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Read: Future Skills: The 20 Skills and Competencies Everyone Needs to Succeed in a Digital World

Michael Glazer is the creator and host of Humans At Work. His purpose in life is to make well-being at work a globally-accepted, basic human right. Learn more about Michael here.