Friday, October 14, 2011

Insight Workers...

Interesting piece @ Big Think - Goodbye, Knowledge Workers. Hello, Insight Workers! -
"As technology becomes increasingly available to not just compute data but synthesize and analyze it, automation will become all-encompassing. Knowledge workers, who manipulate  information, will be replaced by "insight workers," who bring a new set of skills to the table: judgment, critical thinking, empathy.
Where the knowledge worker knows how to manage an office, an insight worker understands how and why the business works. While a knowledge worker networks, an insight worker builds authentic relationships with his or her coworkers and clients."

Tom Peters has been talking about this idea for at least 10 years - and when you think about the skills to be a successful "insight worker" - empathy, build authentic relationships, etc. - Tom makes a powerful argument about who should, and is, leading in this new economic reality... see this powerpoint by Tom

 - Issue Y2K The Great War for Talent! Women Rule!-

A few quotes:
"Women’s Strengths Match New Economy Imperatives: Link [rather than rank] workers; favor interactive-collaborative leadership style [empowerment beats top-down decision making]; sustain fruitful collaborations; comfortable with sharing information; see redistribution of power as victory, not surrender; favor multi-dimensional feedback; value technical & interpersonal skills, individual & group contributions equally; readily accept ambiguity; honor intuition as well as pure “rationality”; inherently flexible; appreciate cultural diversity. Source: Judy B. Rosener, America’s Competitive Secret"

"TAKE THIS QUICK QUIZ: Who manages more things  at once? Who puts more effort into their appearance?    Who usually takes care of the details?    Who finds it easier to meet new people?    Who asks more questions in a conversation?    Who is a better listener?    Who has more interest in communication skills?    Who is more inclined to get involved?       Who encourages harmony and agreement?     Who has better intuition?    Who works with a longer ‘to do’ list?    Who enjoys a recap to the day’s events?      Who is better at keeping in touch with others?”
Source: Selling Is a Woman’s Game: 15 Powerful Reasons Why Women Can Outsell Men, Nicki Joy & Susan Kane-Benson

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