Research suggests that in the 21st Century, which is defined by change and continuous evolution, individuals will need evolved skill sets allowing them to quickly learn new technologies; develop innovative techniques; and cross-function in work teams.   At the most basic level, individuals will be expected and required to do the following:

  • Do more work with fewer resources.

  • Work harder, faster, and smarter.

  • Learn and retain vast amounts of information.

  • Create sustainable value for the organization.

  • Troubleshoot, problem solve and lead others.

However, operating at more advanced or senior levels requires a new set of skills.  In fact, visionary companies across the globe are investing in individuals who can achieve the following in market conditions that are volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous:

  • Anticipate and respond to the nature and pace of change.

  • Act decisively without having comfort, clarity, or certainty.

  • Navigate through complexity, chaos, and confusion.

  • Maintain effectiveness despite unpredictability.

Interestingly, a research study of 13,124 leaders and 1,528 HR professionals revealed that nearly two-thirds of respondents were concerned about their ability to meet the demands of the future, as outlined above.


If you are not sure, it is time for a check up!