A SKILL SET FOR A HUNDRED YEAR LIFE
Our Future of Work Masterclass on the Hundred Year Life brought together more than 30 multinational companies to explore the challenges and opportunities of longer working lives. Our content for the day was crafted by drawing on the expertise of Lynda Gratton and fellow London Business School professor Andrew Scott, as well as the practical insights from FoW Consortium members. One of the member insights that got our attention was from Hans van der Heijden, from Rabobank in the Netherlands. Hans re-opened the debate about whether it is more lucrative to become a specialist in one area or to develop general skills in multiple disciplines. While specialist skills are deemed essential for long-term employability, they commit a person into one career or discipline that may be risky over a 40 or 50 year career, meaning that generalist skills may provide more flexibility to change roles in later life.
What are your thoughts on the skill sets workers will need to develop in future? We’d love to hear your views - contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @tschneidermann to enter the debate.
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We are pleased to announce that leading food manufacturer Mars has just joined the Future of Work Research Consortium. We’re really excited to have them join and are looking forward to sharing insights with them over the coming months.
Lynda Gratton has been featured as one of I - Global Intelligence for the CIO’s Big Thinkers. The I-CIO team came to our Somerset House offices a few weeks ago to conduct a series of interviews with Lynda, which you can watch on their website.
The I-CIO team came to our Somerset House offices a few weeks ago to conduct a series of interviews with Lynda, which you can watch on their website.
Lynda Gratton has just won the prestigious WFPMA Award "George Petitpas”, which recognises individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advance of the HR profession at an international level and whose spirit and dedication have been inspirational to others. We’re really pleased for Lynda – watch the video of her being presented with the award by Pieter Haen, President of WFPMA.
Lynda Gratton was interviewed for the final instalment of Julia Hobsbawm’s Radio 4 series on networking – you can still listen to it online.