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Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age Hardcover – December 1, 2012
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“Metaskills is a rousing manifesto of mastery in a connected world.”
–SUZIE REIDER, DIRECTOR, GOOGLE BRANDLAB
“Fresh, insightful, and highly relevant for today’s business challenges.”
–TOM LOCKWOOD, CEO, LOCKWOOD RESOURCE, AUTHOR OF DESIGN THINKING
“The success of all future leaders will depend on their ability to innovate–Neumeier’s book provides a critical roadmap.”
–PAUL WITKAY, CEO, ALLIANCE OF CHIEF EXECUTIVES
“Great read. We’re ready for this!”
–DEBORAH MORRISON, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, FAST COMPANY
“Fascinating stuff...really thought provoking.”
–JACK COVERT, CO-AUTHOR, THE 100 BEST BUSINESS BOOKS OF ALL TIME
“A substantial book written by a true visionary who lays out a way forward in the Robotic Age.”
–JEFFREY DAVIS, CEO, TRACKING WONDER
“Metaskills is Neumeier’s fourth book in ten years, and it’s his best.”
–MATTHEW PORTER, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, COMMUNICATION ARTS
“The process of human knowing has barely begun. Hence the great importance–and significance–of Neumeier’s book.”
–ROBERT MORRIS, AMAZON HALL OF FAME REVIEWER
From the Back Cover
Today's widespread unemployment is not a jobs crisis. It's a talent crisis. Technology is taking every job that doesn't need a high degree of creativity, humanity, or leadership. The solution? Stay on top of the Robot Curve--a constant waterfall of obsolescence and opportunity fed by competition and innovation. Neumeier presents five metaskills--feeling, seeing, dreaming, making, and learning--that will accelerate your success in the Robotic Age.
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Top Customer Reviews
Surely not every industrial activity will cease to exist, but in his new book "Meta Skills" Marty Neumeier illustrates a reality that is a given fact: the industrial age is eating its children and the only way out is to stay ahead of what he calls "the robot curve". In doing this, Neumeier proposes to rely on skills that in nowadays economy almost are regarded as "inappropriate" - to be able to make and create. He calls these skill our "Meta Skills": feeling, seeing, dreaming, making and learning.
Neumeier's "Meta Skills" is a very entertaining read: well written it does deliver an enormous wealth of references, thoughts, anecdotes and very well thought through approaches and proposals. Unlike his first three so-called "white board overviews" - which made impact through strong synopsis and visual presentation - Meta Skills is digging deep into the subjects and features reduced, but nevertheless impactful visuals. Very strong is the chapter in which he addresses the skill of "seeing" and relates it to the recently hyped "design thinking", or better systems thinking: to be able to see the world in a way that allows one to anticipate, rather then to react, is a skill needed to improve it for the better. The approaches Neumeier provide to develop each skill are insightful and practical - in the end you could call them common sense, which make you wonder why we are struggling to pick up on them.Read more ›
I loved reading his other books (i.e., The Brand Gap, Zag, and The Designful Company) because they present complex and sophisticated concepts related to branding and design very clearly, understandably, and simply.
With Metaskills, though, Marty's elevated his "game" to the Big Leagues by joining the super star authors of the best books ever (e.g., John Naisbitt's Megatrends, Alvin Toffler's Future Shock, Peter Senge's Fifth Discipline, Peter Drucker's Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and Gail Sheehy's Passages).
Marty does a masterful job of setting the stage for the new "Robotic Age" in the first chapter, historically, philosophically, and conceptually. His five Metaskills (i.e., feeling, seeing, dreaming, making, and learning) can profoundly impact students, parents, educators, retirees, and employees of private, public, and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and internationally.
He's presented a strong, compelling case for everyone to act, now. To focus on creating original work, collaborating, and using state-of-the-art technology and telecommunications to perform the mundane, rote work.
I highly recommend this book! It's thought provoking, stimulating, and generating a lively discussion about the current human condition (e.g., loss of jobs, roller coaster economy, political gridlock, educational standards) and how we can evolve and create our future, individually and together.
Thank you, Marty, for sharing your brilliant thoughts! You've changed the game for everyone.
Congratulations on your tape measure home run!
I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to understand what the future of work will be and how we can excel by learning the meta skills mentioned in the book. Happy reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fine book that provokes the mind and raises interesting questions about the future, robotics and humanity. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Victor LLeras
By far the best book, I have read this year. So good, I know I am going to re-read it. So full of problem solving ideas. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kirsten Jarvi
I have been reading a lot of books about new business paradigms, some not-so-new approaches to personal and professional growth, and some books about just feeling good about... Read morePublished 13 months ago by T. Tezer
I finished the book before New Years, and really enjoyed it. It was dense, thoughtful, and interesting. The most memorable part was the section on systems thinking. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul
A very, very good book about the major meta-skills needed to be successful in business and life. An extremely thoughtful book that will help you understand the fundamental things... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John B. Spence
It's hard to find a book by Marty that doesn't read like a breeze while still packing a punch. I have all his books and keep on reading them everyday. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stan The Man
This was a great book. I am required to use twenty words, now I have 5 left. All done. Seriously just buy it.Published 20 months ago by Rodney Menzel
METASKILLS is the most ENJOYABLE and INVIGORATING non-fiction book that I've ever read--and I've read a lot of books. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Leon Liebenberg