Long Term Solutions That Will Set Your Company
Up For Success For Many Years To Come...
TrainingConnections, LLC works with companies like yours to customize solutions for a range of workforce issues. Unique among training and consulting firms, TrainingConnections, LLC focuses on long term solutions that will set your company up for success for many years to come. TrainingConnections, LLC can work with you to:
Find great people to hire by developing a pipeline of strong job candidates.
Develop systems to capture and transfer expertise so that knowledge can remain in your organization when your most experienced staff members retire.
Create multi-generational work teams that are effective because they know how to leverage the strengths of each generation.
Stay ahead of the accelerating demand for new and more complex skill sets by finding trainers, providing train-the-trainer services or by serving as your organization’s training department.
Improve employee retention by increasing employees’ loyalty to your organization.
Future Of Work:
Ten New Skills Needed
Employers need a new lens for looking for talent. To be competitive in the future, which may be next Tuesday, organizations need people with a range of new skills and capabilities. Here are ten new skills that hiring managers should be looking for and what TrainingConnections can help you find:
Sensemaking is all about the ability to connect things to create new ideas. Quoting Maria Popova, who has really crystallized this notion, in order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new castles.
Relationships and the ability to connect with people becomes and remains a crucial capability, however, as John Hagel thoughtfully points out, influence and relationship-building will now come from asking the right questions, not necessarily having all the answers. The ability to connect with people in a deeper, more meaningful way whether they are colleagues or strangers will enable us to thrive in beyond the industrial age, get things done and solve complex problems. To do so, and despite the abstraction of technology, we must continue to develop capabilities to quickly understand other’s emotions, motivations and triggers and take a human approach to business.
As employment growth gets polarized into either ends of low-skill jobs or high-skills jobs, it is important that we always evolve our thinking towards the future to ensure we stay relevant. At the pace by which companies are changing, staying up-to-date is no longer enough. Taking self-initiative to constantly improve your skills, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, becoming a perpetual student, and quickly adapting to new realities will help ensure you are creating value and will keep you out of the cross-hairs for outsourcing.
The recent Harvard Business Review piece “How to say “This is Crap” in different cultures” serves yet another reminder as to how important it is to be able to be effective in different cultural settings. Globalization is no longer a buzzword, it is our reality. Many of us work globally every day, interacting with a multitude of cultures, but those who know how to empathize and adjust their communications and style of collaboration, will always have an advantage when working across geographies and cultures.
Being a Data Whisperer is essential as data is everywhere. You get data from a wide range of sources, whether you are sifting through dozens of emails, or crunching huge Excel spreadsheets. The ability to translate vast amounts of into actual insight is now, more than ever a critical skill. Many of us work with data on a daily basis, but to understand the meaning, trends and patterns of what the data is telling us is a vital skill.
Still printing your 50-slide PowerPoint decks? The world of videos, blogs, and podcasts has changed the way we communicate and consume information. With an entire generation of digital natives entering the workforce, everyone will need to become fluent in digital and social media forms of communications.
In the age of mounting competition and vast technological change, the capabilities needed to successfully differentiate a company and win in the marketplace are much broader than they were in the past. We can no longer rely on just bringing together groups of specialists to solve our most complex problems. Instead, companies are in need of interdisciplinary thinkers with new, agile skills who can see the big picture, listen, synthesize ideas and connect the dots.
We live in a transitional phase between an old “business world” where mass production ruled and products and services were conceived in a lab and then rolled out to the masses and a “new world” where people-centric approaches are increasingly being used to create new products and services that are thoughtfully designed through interdisciplinary teams and collaborative processes. A design mindset is about focusing on human values and developing a deep understanding of the people that matter most to the problem we’re trying to solve. Through practicing empathy, whether through conversation, observation or experiencing, adopting a design mindset becomes a critical ingredient in the ability to execute successfully.
The shear amount of data and information that we need to absorb in a short span of time has exponentially increased with streams in multiple formats coming from multiple devices. Managing the flow and prioritization of all this information becomes a challenge. The ability to effectively filter and focus what on what really requires your attention becomes paramount. This includes effectively managing your channels, deciding where to participate vs. where not to and taking a disciplined approach to managing distractions as opposed to real priorities.
Whether you’re a fan of it or not, working and collaborating effectively virtually, whether on a simple task or a very complex challenge is a necessity as the nature of our work is globalized. Despite a variety of tools and technologies that are now available, we still struggle with being effective as members or leaders of virtual teams. Technologically, the future for virtual collaboration looks very promising with enterprise tech taking a page out of successful consumer ventures, but the virtual work also demands a new set of competencies and effort in order to ensure productivity in a cross-cultural, fully global reality.
Source: Institute for the Future (iftf.org)