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10 Workplace Skills of the Future
In 2007 the Institute for the Future laid out 10 workplace skills. Originally used as part of the Superhero Skills from the 2007 Ten-Year Forecast annual retreat, they were then adapted as part of the Future of Work research, and finally repurposed as badges for the Superstruct game in 2008.
Most recently, Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow at IFTF, has published his newest book, Leaders Make the Future, in which he delves much further into these workplace skills to create 10 new leadership skills.
Excellent responsiveness to other people's requests for engagement; strong propensity and ability to reach out to others in a network
Seeing a much bigger picture; thinking in terms of higher level systems, bigger networks, longer cycles
Creating content for public modification; the ability to work with massively multiple contributors
The ability to sense, almost intuitively, who would make the best collaborators on a particular task or mission
Fluency in working and trading simultaneously with different hybrid capitals, e.g., natural, intellectual, social, financial, virtual
The ability to do real-time work in very large groups; a talent for coordinating with many people simultaneously; extreme-scale collaboration
Fearless innovation in rapid, iterative cycles; the ability to lower the costs and increase the speed of failure
Knowing how to be persuasive and tell compelling stories in multiple social media spaces (each space requires a different persuasive strategy and technique)
Filtering meaningful info, patterns, and commonalities from the massively-multiple streams of data and advice
The ability to prepare for and handle surprising results and complexity that come with coordination, cooperation and collaboration on extreme scales