Cognitive Load Management
More information is coming at us every day, our attention spans are waning. Our bi-lateral brains are adapting but being mindful of this processing shift and adaptation is key. Our sustained attention once clocked at 12 seconds is now considered to be 8 seconds, one second less than than the attention span of a goldfish.
FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
We are in the liminal space between the 3rd and the 4th industrial revolutions. In the third industrial revolution we needed workers with deep expertise, stored existing knowledge and predetermined skills to focus on scalable production of goods and services. Now we need a work force self-directed by purpose and passion, equipped to adapt with learning agility, and the ability to collaborate across disciplines and with non biological intelligence (technology) to unleash the potential of humanity.
THE AUGMENTED ERA
We are entering our fifth era in human history. Human eras are marked by how we value talent and how we use tools. Each era is becoming shorter and shorter in time as we enter the Age of Accelerations and as such we have not adapted as our mental models and systems, notably work and learning, are stuck in prior eras.
Types of Innovation
This framework (co-created with Ellen di Resta) articulates the various types of innovation in the spectrum including required knowledge and key insights using the simple toaster as an analog. This framework came out of multiple corporate client assignments in white space exploration where it was necessary to explain the difference between product improvement, product innovation, and new value creation.
These two visuals grew of out of work at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson) to explain the limitations of thinking in discipline silos, especially when it comes to interlocking professions that require individuals who can think across functions.
COMPLICATED TO COMPLEX
In the 2nd and 3rd industrial revolutions it was optimal to organize organize both information and workers in silos in command and control structures. Now we are in the Age of Accelerations where the complicated is now complex and information is no longer about storing stocks of knowledge but working in flows of knowledge and workers are no longer optimally organized in command and control, silo structures.
EVOLUTION OF THE CONSUMER
The consumer once purchased your product or service because it reflected their values, then the consumer became an active advocate of your products by engaging in shaping your market (movement from consumer to prosumer as they co-produced much of your value), now as companies become platforms upon which value is created from Facebook to Uber to Twitter to Airbnb, the consumer is the offering.
THE INFLECTION POINT: HUMANS AND TOOLS
As humans have become trained, educated, and conditioned to act more machine like, machines have become more human like from voice interface to facial recognition. With this inflection point is the opportunity to rethink what humans do-- to use tools to unleash the potential of humanity by focusing our non-cognitive and uniquely human skills.
RE-THINKING THE LIFE BLOCKS
With a call out to both Dick Bolles (What Color Is Your Parachute) and Bizmark (the statistician created the concept of retirement), it is time to re-imagine the career arc and the life blocks. We once moved through the three blocks in sequence where we created the most value in the middle of our lives and focused learning in the first third of our lives. Given industry disruptions and changes there is a faulty logic notion of merely a short burst of "re-skilling" that leaves behind the need to redefine the identity and create an underlying human operating system primed for learning agility and adaptability .