A high IQ isn't enough anymore. It's table stakes, get smart or get out. We want people that can lead. People that have the emotional intelligence to flex when needed. People who understand how to forge forward in the face of uncertainty while continuing to motivate their people to follow. We need leaders who care and employees who are willing to try new things.
We can do this. A public and private partnership can help make this happen. We need to get into the schools early and work closely with the teachers, administrators and curriculum planners. We should be building curriculum that not only focuses on the hard sciences, but one that also focuses on the behavioral science. We should be teaching our people and our kids how to develop a curious mindset. One that questions and pursues knowledge. A mindset that isn't scared of uncertainty, but can embrace it. One that sees the possibilities of the future. One that knows if we put our minds together we can achieve great things. A mindset that values intellect, sees potential in the face of failure and one that embraces empathy as a key leadership trait.
Our CEO's have a right to be worried, but in that concern, should be an endless optimism that we can conquer this challenge and that we can rise together and embrace a new future and a new paradigm.
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Dr. Curtis L. Odom is Principal and Managing Partner of Prescient Talent Strategies, a consulting firm focusing on integrated talent management. Author of Stuck in the Middle: A Generation X View of Talent Management. He has over 15 years of experience in talent development, performance consulting, training, and instructional design as a practitioner, researcher, author and speaker. For more information, please visit www.stuckinthemiddle.me.