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Integrating Technology with Communication to Unleash Human Potential

One of the biggest opportunities for organizations to be future ready now is to help people to hone their creativity muscle. 83% of CEO's say that they worry about their leaders ability to innovate and create at the speed of change. Why is there a 'creativity gap'...

There has been a lot of social media buzz about robotics and the impact on the workplace. Some industries such as manufacturing are embracing the robotics revolution as it solves the shortage of worker dilemma for repetitive tasks that can be programmed. The fear of robots...

iwatch The future of work will be a workplace where workers are remote, project teams are created to work on a project and then dismantled for another project and technology will be unifier. The skills workers of the future will need will be adaptability, flexibility, increased desire to provide customized solutions for each other and for customers. With the soon to be launch of the new Apple Watch there is another advance in how technology can be leveraged to improve our lives and work. With the Apple Watch you can read emails, summon Siri, receive calls and track fitness goals on your watch. Facebook alerts, WeChat messages and Twitter trends can also be beamed your wrist without pulling out your smartphone. Apple's first wearable gadget beams messages, Facebook updates and simplified apps to our wrists, eliminating the all-too-common need to take out our devices to constantly check notifications. So how does increasingly simple technology improve how we interact with each other? We will communicate with more ease AND will need to increase people connection skills.
wp-post-imageassets-09The Ages of Humanity have moved across the spectrum to where we are now which is the age of conscious evolution. What does this mean? It means that we now 'choose to evolve' in a way that supports humanity and moves the planet towards greater access for all to abundance, peace and a joyful life. This evolution requires a shift in the way we use language and especially those of us in leadership roles. The leadership evolution has moved from authoritarian and autocratic toward inclusive and collaborative. The language that is associated with autocratic leadership typically includes a lot use of the words 'I' and "you" and "targets" and "ROI" etc.
sandbergStatistics and research shows that one of the biggest threats to organizations today is losing good talent to competitors. As the global economy improves more employees are looking for better jobs and specifically in the technology industry where there is a challenge with turnover. I made a statement earlier in this book that people don’t leave their jobs they leave their leaders. So what can we do to keep our good people?   A recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that there is common leadership traits that each of the generations are looking for in their leaders. They identified sixteen leadership practices and asked the multi-generational group to rate the level of importance of each of these sixteen factors. The factors were:  
cloud                   Is technology changing the world for the better? for worse? It depends on the 'lens' you view it through- if you are a believer that technology is changing the world for the better than you will embrace new technology, you embrace the openness that technology and social media is creating in the world. You are excited about the potential of increasing connection and value through the tools of technology. If you view technology through the lens that is making things worse then you resist new technology, you will fear the loss of privacy, you will mourn the use of mobile phones, texting and social media. You will think that we have 'lost' something rather than 'gained' and you may even choose to not participate with technology at all.
Recently I read an article in a recent issue of Marie Claire on an amazing woman who was injured in a parachuting accident. She was told she would never walk again among many other major changes in her life. Prior to the accident this woman was an adventurer who took after her dare devil father, she began base jumping in her early twenties.

A lady I will call Sue just acquired a team from Mexico on her already virtual team. She is in the tech industry and her team consists of people in the US, Canada, and now Mexico. Sue has been a leader for many years but the shift to remote team management was in the past year.

As human beings we will always be connecting, will always look for social workplace solutions and with today’s technology we are moving closer to igniting a social workplace.