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Ed Trevisani hangs with his young sons when they come home from school. He volunteers as a Boy Scout leader, serves on nonprofit boards, and teaches management at Philadelphia-area universities. He’s even been known to sit on the back porch in the middle of the workday. Not bad for a guy who’s still pulling down as much as he did when he was a partner with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
But that was in 1978. Now, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, “e-discovery” software can analyze documents in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost. In January, for example, Blackstone Discovery of Palo Alto, Calif., helped analyze 1.5 million documents for less than $100,000. Some programs go beyond just finding documents with relevant terms at computer speeds.
by Bill McBride on 9/07/2012 08:30:00 AM From the BLS : Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 96,000 in August, and the unemployment rate edged down to 8.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, in professional and technical services, and in health care. ... Both the civilian labor force (154.6 million) and the labor force participation rate (63.5 percent) declined in August.
When it comes to getting a job, the USA has bifurcated into two employment worlds, the digital world and the brick and mortar world. The brick and mortar world is everything you physically touch. Its manufacturing. Its retail sales.
Editor’s Note: Markus Barnikel joined carpooling.com as CEO in 2011, in order to expand into new countries and make carpooling a convenient transportation option for all. Barnikel has also held various leadership positions at Yahoo, including as Chief Sales Officer in Australia and Global Director of Sales in the U.S. As our lives increasingly move to the digital realm – whether it’s what we read, what we watch, photos that once sat in frames now uploaded to a server farm somewhere in the rural United States, or even the 140-character thoughts we share with the world – comes the very reconstitution of our identities online.
Meet the man who wants to create architecture that understands everything about us – down to our emotional states – and learns from its mistakes. It doesn’t take much to be considered smart if you’re a building. Add some lights that turn themselves off when nobody is around or install an “intelligent” air conditioning system to regulate the ambient temperature and you’re well on your way. But compared to the living buildings proposed by Akira Mita, today’s smart buildings are the architectural equivalent of single-celled organisms.
The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 billion people | McKinsey Global Institute | Labor MarketsOver the past three decades, as developing economies industrialized and began to compete in world markets, a global labor market started taking shape. As more than one billion people entered the labor force, a massive movement from “farm to factory” sharply accelerated growth of productivity and per capita GDP in China and other traditionally rural nations, helping to bring hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. To raise productivity, developed economies invested in labor-saving technologies and tapped global sources of low-cost labor. Podcast A skills-scarce world
Le concept d’emploi, tel que nous le connaissons, est en train de disparaître. Lors de l’année 2011, j’ai eu l’occasion de m’entretenir avec de nombreux leaders du monde de l’entreprise et des RH. Ils ont tous entendu parler d’une thématique commune : nous avons besoin de rendre nos organisations plus agiles.
OK, this isn't working anymore. Too many people either don't have a job or the ones that do are predominantly dissatisfied . We've been talking about networked organisations and distributed work for decades, but productivity gains have been dim the past ten years. Everything worked just well enough to not think about structural changes. We tried to apply collaboration and fancy search platforms like new paint on a crumbling house that could be fixed. But because neither renovation nor innovation did catch up at the speed of our economic development, we crashed.
by Morten T. Hansen and Scott Tapp | 8:59 AM October 11, 2010 Companies need an executive responsible for integrating the enterprise — a Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO). Increasingly, companies are embracing collaboration as part of their strategy to grow, by cross-selling products to existing customers and innovating through the recombination of existing technologies. But this won't work unless employees work effectively across silos — across sales offices, business units, sales, product development, and marketing.
Collaboration. It’s a $1 billion industry, according to an ABI Research study on worker mobility and enterprise social collaboration . And it's projected to grow to $3.5 billion by 2016.
By Edward Gordon The Futurist, September-October 2009 Contrary to popular opinion, there are plenty of open jobs. What's missing are candidates with skills. We are in the midst of a global job and talent upheaval, the most remarkable of any job and talent change since the Industrial Revolution and encompassing every aspect of the global economy. The dawning of a new industrial age, a period characterized by a growing need for highly skilled technical workers, is driving this revolution.
It’s a phenomenon that has become increasingly apparent over the last five years: For many people, the ideal job has morphed from one that offers lots of money to one that offers meaning--and a competitive salary doesn’t hurt, either. It isn’t just that people are rejecting jobs at large financial institutions with questionable morals (see this New York Times article on Wall Street’s campus recruiting crisis). Jobseekers today want a position that makes them feel good inside. ReWork , a startup that came out of the 2011 Unreasonable Institute , may be the first company that places young professionals directly with " disruptive, world changing organizations "--including non-profits and all manner of triple-bottom-line businesses. Anyone interested in getting a job through ReWork fills out an application on the website.
Photograph: Margaret Bourke-White /Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images: River-diversion pipes for the Fort Peck Dam project, 1901 Without a well-trained, well-paid, continuously improving workforce the United States cannot compete with other nations effectively—and won’t be able to sustain high and rising living standards. Yet at all levels of the economy, we behave as if we don’t believe that: Firms value short-term profits over investment in workers; federal policy makers fail to address high, persistent unemployment and underemployment; most people’s wages have stagnated for three decades, despite gains in productivity; and unions have become convenient scapegoats even as their influence has sharply declined. These realities seem to defy logic, yet we allow this human capital paradox to persist.
IN THE future your children and their children will be doing jobs we can scarcely imagine now. Their titles will be as wacky to us as ''software developer'' must once have been to a baby boomer. Try making sense of a ''virtchandise manager'', an ''outcome aggregator'', a ''data evangelist'' or even a ''sensemaking analyst'', for starters. Web designer?