Robots are changing the market, and these changes are benefitting companies. Peggy Smedley explains how cobots, collaborative robots, are enhancing human productivity. Company leaders continue to bring automation to the jobsite. She explains that not every job can be 100% automated, so attention to retraining and reskilling workers is required. Human skills that will remain valuable in the face of automation include analytical, creative, and complex thinking, and even emotional intelligence. Cobots compliment human capabilities by being available in physical work environments. In the end, Peggy advises companies to invest in reskilling human workers for new opportunities in different roles.
2New Age of Leaders
Mike Walsh, global futurist and CEO of Tomorrow, and author of The Algorithmic Leader, describes the different styles of organizations that are succeeding in digital transformation. He discusses the ease in experimenting with automation, and the difficulties in changing company culture. Further, he dissects the purpose of a company and the role of leaders. In establishing the main responsibilities of industry leaders, he dissects the role of decisionmakers, explaining the hierarchy in their decisions. He advises company leaders to reevaluate their value as the adoption of AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) increases, as well as advising workers to rethink their position in order to ask: what do we want work to be?
3Gen Z Trends
Gregg Witt, partner and chief strategy officer, Engage Youth Co., and author of The Gen Z Frequency: How Brands Tune In and Build Credibility, explains the similarities and differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z. The major differences between Gen Z and prior generations is their unrelenting relationship with information, media consumption, and mobile connectivity. Witt notes the mistakes branding companies make when targeting the Gen Z market. He explains the disconnect between companies and Gen Z audiences, and offers insights.