Expert Alumni

Within this section you will find a wealth of additional information, commentary and links that we have collected surrounding the workforce demographics, retirement, the experience gap and other related items. They had all been published on our blog ‘The Battle For Experience’ but we have republished them all here - and will continue to do so. Why not register for updates via Twitter or RSS

The ‘I’ In Connection

It was Robin Dunbar who developed the science, research and conclusion that each of us are only capable of 150 ‘meaningful’ social connections. Click through if you want to know more, because this isn’t a lesson in social connections. For 16 years I have carried this in my mind, along with another concept that emerged from Malcolm Gladwell’s first book ‘The Tipping Point’. That concept was ‘The Law of the Few’ which explored the idea that in any (what he called) social epidemic (but what I think of as message amplification in all kinds of situations), there are essentially three key roles; Mavens … Continue reading The ‘I’ In Connection

Changing The Game

The following article was originally written for and published by Biz Catalyst on June 6th, 2016 by John Philpin. It is reproduced here by kind permission. The following article was originally written for and published by Biz Catalyst on June 6th, 2016 by John Philpin. It is reproduced here by kind permission. … upping your game, changing the conversation, breaking through the glass ceiling … whichever your metaphor of choice, the sentiment is right, the question is how? This came top of mind on three separate occasions just this past week. Specifically how does the email industry get a ‘seat … Continue reading Changing The Game

Finding Superheroes

The following article was originally written for and published by Biz Catalyst on June 6th, 2016 by John Philpin. It is reproduced here by kind permission. “So, I understand that you are applying for a position in our security division?” “That is correct.” “You know the job specifically calls for at least 10 years in the military, with at least two tours of duty including undercover experience behind enemy lines?” “I know.” “Further, experience of unarmed self-defense, and ideally a second career in law enforcement?” “Yes.” “Now, your resume suggests that in fact you have none of that experience. You … Continue reading Finding Superheroes

Talking About Our Generations

The following article was originally written for and published by Biz Catalyst on May 30th, 2016 by John Philpin. It is reproduced here by kind permission. At the end of last year we celebrated the 50th birthday of The Who’s ‘My Generation’. (No, I wasn’t invited to the party.) I can’t be specific on the date when each of us first heard it, since it does depend on where you were living at the time. Suffice to say that October 13th 1965 was the day that The Who recorded ‘My Generation’. It was written when Townsend was 20 years old. Four … Continue reading Talking About Our Generations

Work – Is It Irrelevant ?

The following article was originally written for and published by Biz Catalyst on May 23rd, 2016 by John Philpin. It is reproduced here by kind permission. I believe in the Future of Work. You know, the one where we work for a day and earn enough to pay for our leisure time over the next 6 days. For context I also believe in Santa Claus and The Easter Bunny. Last week I opened my column with a quote from John Maynard Keynes. JMK’s prediction was that technology would ‘free us from work’. But it didn’t, or at least hasn’t yet. (For … Continue reading Work – Is It Irrelevant ?

Society And Attitude Need to Catch Up With Reality

The following article was originally written for and published by Biz Catalyst on May 16th, 2016 by John Philpin. It is reproduced here by kind permission. In 1930, John Maynard Keynes imagined that by the year 2030, people would only need to work an average of 15 hours per week. Based on my experience, I know we aren’t there yet, but when we do, and it is ‘when’ … not ‘if’, how will society handle the challenge?

Is Silicon Valley A Laggard In Best Workplace Practice ?

Spoiler Alert … Possibly. But there is some light.     Those of you without their heads under rocks will know that there is a movement afoot in the modern enterprise called BYOD. It has been around for some 7 years. It started a while back as the Enterprise found increasing numbers of people wandering into their offices with their Blackberry, iPhone, Droid, iPad, <name-your-device-of-choice> accessories, and demanding network access. Wikipedia has this to say. [ my emphasis ]. The term BYOD first entered common use in 2009, courtesy of Intel when it recognized an increasing tendency among its employees to bring … Continue reading Is Silicon Valley A Laggard In Best Workplace Practice ?

The Robots Are Coming For Wall Street

Hundreds of financial analysts are being replaced with software. What office jobs are next? [ Source : NY Times via Stowe Boyd ] This article has been cross-posted from Beyond Bridges

The Future Of Work ….

… is 5 billion customers looking for a good job. Imagine a much better world — the people-centered economy — where three billion workers have jobs tailored to fit their unique sets of skills, talents, passions, where they work with… [ Source : TechCrunch ] This article has been cross-posted from Beyond Bridges

Manufacturing Jobs Are Never Coming Back

Been saying this for years – and I get particularly pissed off by those people on their huxter soapboxes the Presidential campaign trail that say any different. We need to think and work differently now. Here’s the problem: Whether or not those manufacturing jobs could have been saved, they aren’t coming back, at least not most of them. How do we know? Because in recent years, factories have been coming back, but the jobs haven’t. [ Source : Five Thirty Eight ] This article has been cross-posted from Beyond Bridges