- In six years, 70% of today's manufactured goods will be obsolete.
- Low unemployment, a growing number of jobs and an aging workforce add up to a significant worker shortage.
- It takes on average seven years to make a curriculum change in public schools.
- Schools are mandated to teach kids testing skills, not relevant, job-related skills.
After a two-hour, top-speed presentation, and a stellar panel discussion, participants gathered in small groups to share the three most important things they learned. Topping the list:
- Consider three new R's of education: relevance, rigor and relationships. What if education was about gaining skills, not just degree acquisition?
- The job is a journey, not a destination: Both employers and employees should have expectations of job growth and skill enhancement.
- Accept and adapt to rapid changes: Apathy and Ignorance--those twin specters that have been around forever--are a company's main competition, and what keeps a community poor.
Barlow concluded by bringing the talk down to a personal level.
"If I call you a week from now--and I've been known to do it--what will you tell me you've done with the information you've learned today?" he challenged the audience. "What new competency do you need to acquire to be a better leader? How different are you now than when we started?"
So, dear reader, how will YOU keep up with change? What new competency will YOU acquire? Sure, change is scary, but standing still in the middle of our fast-flowing highway of life--that's downright deadly.