Mike Walsh, founder and CEO of Tomorrow, advises businesses on positioning themselves for technological change, delivered a keynote address on the second day of the 2015 Society for Human Resource Management Talent Management Conference & Exposition.
How do we engage the next generation? “They’re our kids,” Walsh reminded the audience, and parents have been “neurologically rewiring the brains” of their young children with an array of high-tech gear and media.
He asked the audience if they could spot the capabilities that will matter in the future. Skills developed playing online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft might not be much different than those needed to manage virtual teams, he said.
Walsh cited Carnegie Mellon University professor Jennifer Wing’s belief that, “The most important skill for the 21st century is computational thinking. We have to teach the next generation to [frame problems] in a way that computers can help you solve them.”
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Mike Walsh, futurist speaker, author of Futuretainment and CEO of innovation research agency Tomorrow, helps to prepare business leaders for what’s next.
Everything is changing. All the traditional industries we grew up with – media, communication, finance, professional services and retail – are all in the process of being turned upside down and re-invented. The force behind this revolution is not technology but rather consumer behaviour. After all, as interesting as it is when things change, the real magic happens when people do.