Issue 176 - 01 | Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration

By Diana Wu David
Published May 15, 2019 12:00 p.m.
“The future of work looks bewildering. The perpetual mention of accelerating change gives us motion sickness. The arguments for and against artificial intelligence, robotics, and trade are so complex and abstract it is hard to relate them to our own lives beyond an addiction to our smartphones and round-the-clock calls and emails.

In darker moments we wonder where it’s all leading. If we all live to one hundred, will we still be sitting at the same desk, slowly withering away as work becomes more tedious and insane? Can we afford to do anything else?

Globalization, disruption, and longevity are colliding to transform our careers. With a longer lifespan and an end to the linear learn, earn, and retire model, the whole rhythm of work is transforming before our eyes. Across the world, the lifespan of a corporation has declined. The average tenure of a firm in the S&P 500 was twenty-four years in 2016 and is forecast to halve by 2027. Jobs tenures are shorter than ever, while our work life seems to go on to infinity and beyond. Exponential change means that everyone is perpetually considering how to re-invent themselves to keep up with shifting careers and mores.”

About Diana Wu David | Diana Wu David is a former Financial Times executive, author of Future Proof: Reinventing Work in an Age of Acceleration and adjunct professor at Columbia Business School’s EMBA Global Asia. She works with global leaders to enhance their ability to adapt, contribute, collaborate, and grow and with organizations and boards that seek a competitive edge by enhancing leadership and engaging multigenerational talent.

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