Whether you see artificial intelligence as positive or negative, the reality is that it is coming to change the landscape of the workplace. In order to adapt to these changes and incorporate AI successfully into existing business models, corporations and educational institutions will need to figure out how to balance the combined powers of artificial and human intelligence.
According to Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, we are currently in the midst of the Fouth Industrial Revolution. As with all three previous industrial revolutions, these technological advancements will inevitably reshape the landscape of the workforce and the job market.
The ability to come up with new connections and fresh solutions is the toughest thinking skill to master, but it’s also the most powerful. Great creative thinkers are able to generate ideas at will. They build relationships – between ideas and between people – that nobody else can. They are machines of innovation.
Critical thinking is about to become one of the most in-demand skillsets in the global job market. As automation and artificial intelligence have a greater and greater impact on the role of the human in the workplace, the need to stand out by developing advanced thinking skills like problem-solving, reasoning and creativity grows ever stronger.
The long-anticipated labor shortage resulting from the mass wave of retiring baby boomers has arrived; although, for some industries (such as technology) the labor and leadership shortage have been critical for several years. The workforce is getting younger and less experienced, and Gen X just isn’t large enough to fill the leadership gap created by outgoing boomers.
In 2013, Google ditched “worthless” grade-point averages as a basis for hiring, in favor of “general cognitive ability” and “learning ability.” Top employers such as EY and PricewaterhouseCoopers have followed suit, and 93 percent of employers now agree that thinking skills are more important than grades.*
Machiavelli’s The Prince is an unapologetic masterclass in leadership that should be on the bookshelf of any corporate, political, or wannabe figurehead. Over 500 years after it was published, this seminal work has been studied by everyone from Napoleon to Bill Clinton.