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Build Back Better: How Leaders Can Build A Better, More Equal Future In An Agile Way

This article originally appeared as a Council Post on Forbes here.

It’s an understatement to say that these are unprecedented and unpredictable times. Global uncertainty, measured by the World Uncertainty Index, is still around 50% above the historical average of 1996-2010. With the forces of Covid-19, ongoing instability and “uncertainty spillovers” from key systemic economies affecting the global economy, the World Bank’s economists are predicting that the world economy will not surpass pre-pandemic output before 2022.

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Why Soft Skills Are About ‘Being’ First And ‘Doing’ Second

This article originally appeared as a Council Post on Forbes here.

Kurt Vonnegut once said, “I am a human being, not a human doing.”

Leaders have already realized the importance of developing soft skills in their next-in-line leaders to increase the business’s bottom line. According to a McKinsey survey, large-scale reskilling is a concern and priority for 82% of C-suite executives worldwide. Organizations in advanced economies are expected to reskill tens of millions of mid-career, middle-age workers within the next 5-10 years with a shift to focus on more social and emotional skills along with advanced cognitive skills.

However, more than once, I have heard senior leaders lament that they have not seen a return on their investment in developing employees. So what’s wrong?