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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.”

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 “Great read. We’re ready for this!”

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“Fascinating stuff...really thought provoking.”

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“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.”

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“The process of human knowing has barely begun. Hence the great importance–and significance–of Neumeier’s book.”

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"Help! A robot ate my job!" If you haven't heard this complaint yet, you will.
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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321898672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321898678
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are undergoing a paradigm shift, and many do not notice! We move from the industrial age into what's next, and many still hope to find a job at the conveyor belt! And those who notice, maybe because their job was eaten by a robot, are left behind, because they lack the competence to participate in the new economy.

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.
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Just as everyone's handprint is unique, so is their individual set of traits and skills. But as the global economy evolves, so must their ability to adapt. METASKILLS looks at this problem from the core level to help readers easily see how their five inherent skills can reestablish themselves for the future. Marty Neumeier's strength as a writer keeps the readers attention clearly focused on the topic. His keen ability to break-down the symptom, get a grasp of the underlying need, and re-think the solution will launch readers in new directions. This is an excellent book about personal change in a world full of change . . . and opportunity.
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We are moving into a new world, a world driven by technology and creativity. MetaSkills offers a distilled and very thoughtful and insightful approach to how cultures, businesses and more importantly individuals can navigate the head-winds and demands of a new world. It's a balanced view and the writer's skill really shines as a spotlight on where we have come from and also reveals where we are heading... quickly. You will understanding how our hands have led us to the dominate life form on earth and how our minds (and hands) will lead us to our new future.
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WOW!!! Marty Neumeier knocked the ball out of the San Francisco Giants' stadium with Metaskills!

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!
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Format: Hardcover
This book brings a lot of things that you believe to be true about the world of work but only speculated on. It takes that speculation and drives concrete points on what is happening in the world of work and what will happen. More importantly than that, it talks about the skills you will need to be effective in the future.

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.
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