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Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age Hardcover – January 16, 2017
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“I loved this book. Drawing from research on human cognition, the authors explain why all of us are ill-equipped to cope with the coming smart machine age. And they offer a path forward in the form of five NewSmart principles, which are profound and powerful. This is a book about new thinking—the kind of generous, curious thinking that will allow us to thrive in a world in which machines do so many things better than we ever will.”
—Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School, and coauthor of Building the Future
“This book has a very important message: new forms of relationships and a more humane attitude toward each other will become essential ingredients of a new way of being. Humility, more personal relationships, and collaboration will no longer be options but the key to health, productivity, and a sense of well being.”
—Edgar H. Schein, Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management, and author of Helping, Humble Inquiry, and Humble Consulting
“Machines will soon be smarter than we are and do most of our jobs. Hess and Ludwig provide valuable insights into the roles that humans will play and how we can adapt to the new realities. The values they prescribe are so uplifting for humanity that I wonder why we can't start now; why do the machines need to evolve before we do?”
—Vivek Wadhwa, Distinguished Fellow and Professor, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley
“Humility Is the New Smart challenges everything we think we know about a ‘good' education. Today, in the Smart Machine Age, it's no longer about how much you know but how you know—the questions you ask—and how you interact with others. A fascinating and challenging book for all educators.”
—Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators
“Fascinating and perceptive, Humility Is the New Smart is an excellent book for leaders and everyone who wants to remain employed in the Smart Machine Age.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Leadership Thinker in the World
“The forces of the Smart Machine Age are already upon us, and like time and tide they cannot be held back. Hess and Ludwig are out front with this insightful, practical, and compelling guide to navigating, transforming, and leading organizations for this new age in which the nature of work and the workforce will be dramatically different.”
—Admiral Gary Roughead, US Navy (Retired), former Chief of Naval Operations
“As a venture capitalist, I have a front-row seat to the way advances in robotics, sensors, and artificial intelligence are changing the way we work—and it's happening faster than you think. Once again, Ed Hess is out front in his research—this time on the skills and behaviors that will determine whether people and organizations succeed or fail as they adapt to the new reality of working side by side with machines. From CEOs to students, thus is a must-read.”
—Frank H. Foster, Managing Director, Frontier Venture Capital
“This book was a revelation to me. Who knew that the secret to survival in this intimidating new world of machine intelligence was for us to become more human? In both our business and our private lives, we can choose fear and ego and retreat into ourselves in the face of these challenges, or we can embrace collaboration and positivity instead. Hess and Ludwig show us how to make the life-affirming choice.”
—Jeanne Liedtka, coauthor of Designing for Growth and Solving Problems with Design Thinking
“An insightful, practical, enriching book for individuals and organizational leaders. NewSmart can be a key to unlocking immense organizational value, one human interaction at a time.”
—Sean Ryan, Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Education
“This book makes the compelling case that true competitive advantage requires human excellence. If you want to be an agile, adaptive, and enabling leader, this book is a must-read.”
—Marvin Riley, President, Fairbanks Morse Engine
“Original and counterintuitive, Humility Is the New Smart is essential reading for all who would prepare for the great transformation of employment and work that lies ahead.”
—Rashmi Prasad, Dean, College of Business and Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage
“This compelling book is about how we can succeed in the age of AI—by excelling at what differentiates us as humans. Leaders will have to be good at ‘not knowing,' quieting their ego and mastering their fears of looking bad and making mistakes. Instead of managing others, leaders will have to manage themselves to enable others.”
—Peter Rodriguez, Dean, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
“Hess and Ludwig offer revolutionary approaches to self-management along with innovative and insightful leadership platforms for the Smart Machine Age. A powerful book!”
—Jeanette K. Winters, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Igloo Products Corporation
“How must our notions about individual and organizational excellence adapt to the Smart Machine Age? Hess and Ludwig offer insights that are perceptive, provocative, and powerful! Their ideas can help your organization and you adapt to the coming transformations spurred by big data, deep learning, artificial intelligence, and automation.”
—Robert F. Bruner, University Professor, University of Virginia
“Humility Is the New Smart is a must-read for business and political leaders, parents, teachers, and everyone interested in understanding the challenges and opportunities of the coming Smart Machine Age. The explanation of humility—its philosophical meaning and application to leadership—is the best I've ever read.”
—Fernando Mercé, President, Latin America and Caribbean, Nestlé Purina
“Hess and Ludwig crush it in Humility Is the New Smart. They introduce the compelling concept of NewSmart, which will help learners successfully navigate the coming Smart Machine Age. They want our young people to be adaptive lifelong learners, and embracing NewSmart is a path to learning for the future, not our past.”
—Dr. Pamela R. Moran, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia
“This fascinating examination of what it will take to thrive in the Smart Machine Age offers a compelling and profoundly humane manual on how to achieve our highest expressions of excellence, in business and in all our interactions.”
—Ming-Jer Chen, former President, Academy of Management, and Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
“Humility Is the New Smart provides a provocative view of the kinds of individual skills necessary to succeed in the future. Through their exhaustive interdisciplinary research, the authors give us practical advice on how we can best prepare ourselves to excel in the Smart Machine Age."
—Wally Walker, founder of Hana Road Capital and former CEO, Seattle Supersonics
“As a father and the leader of a school responsible for preparing students for their future, I embraced the authors' premise that we need to change our mindsets, skills, and behaviors for a more dynamic technology-based world. They provide compelling research and very practical tools to help us on our journey. Listen well—our futures and our children's futures depend on it.”
—G. Thomas Battle, Jr., Headmaster, Virginia Episcopal School
“I was incredibly impressed with how this book blends the importance of self-management and self-awareness with the reality of the new-age technology that will shape the way business is done in the future.”
—Sam Presti, General Manager, Oklahoma City Thunder
“Outstanding book with rock-solid arguments about why doing a ‘good job' will no longer be good enough in a smart machine world and how NewSmart beliefs and behaviors can help humankind master this challenge.”
—Kurt D. Bettenhausen, Chair, Digital Transformation Group, VDI, Germany
From the Author
Hello, I am ed - thank you for your interest in our book. This book is the most important book of my 12 books. It is a book about human excellence - how we human beings can thrive and flourish in the coming Smart Machine Age by excelling at doing well what technology won't be able to do well at least for the near future. We are on the leading-edge of a technology revolution that likely will be as disruptive for us as the Industrial Revolution was for our ancestors. We as a society and many of us as individuals are not ready for what's coming. In the next 10 years, technology will take over millions of jobs including professional jobs. We humans will be in a frantic footrace to stay relevant. Our answer lies within what makes us unique as humans - our ability to think differently than machines and our ability to engage emotionally with other humans. Based on science and examples, our book offers you a new story about human excellence called NewSmart - a new mindset with four key NewSmart Behaviors -that will help you excel at thinking and engaging with others differently and better than the smart machines will be able to do. Our book is a "how to" stay relevant book with self-assessments and tools. We invite you to join us on the journey to human excellence.
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Thumbs up for guaranteed minimum wage if that's what it takes for people to live with dignity. However, I refuse to believe that workers replaced by automation can't learn something new to do (Amazon Mechanical Turk, for instance. civic volunteering, town and county beautification, counseling, EMT services, kid's entertainment - you get the idea).
The section on mindfulness lost me because I cannot ever seem to attain it and end up with counter-productive results even. While it's intrinsically sound, the groundswell around it is just plain annoying. Try just being decent or getting something concrete done well. Maybe that's my definition of mindfulness.
I felt that the section on Bridgewater was not critical enough - many journalists have suggested that their techniques are bizarre and distressing (skinny dipping anyone? NYT article- read it). Despite being effective and fascinating to the public, something doesn't ring quiet right about their operation, as lucrative as it is. If the reports about their metrics-obsessed culture are true, it conjures up a laughable image. Better to be broke under a yoke. For full disclosure, I applied for an IT job there during the recession - professional and thoughtful rejection letter ;) - so I need to have a 360-degree perspective too.
I think a modified version of the Bridgewater model (the so-called "principals") could lead to a more honest workplace - a rarity in today's day-and-age. If you read the Principals, there is truth and sincerity in the anecdotes and psychological insights. In closing, I'm doubtful that a set of exercises and case studies will give all employees critical thinking skills and being able to clearly articulate in art or writing one's purpose in life. On the other hand, I waited months for this book and the authors volunteered personal stories and ideas that got my brain thinking creatively, even if I didn't agree with entirely agree with them. Good books spark discussion and dissent not blind adherence.
As I read the book, it struck me that emotional intelligence, in being branded as its own kind of intelligence, is perhaps being done a disservice, and I believe we're seeing ample evidence of intelligence stripped of emotional intelligence coming off as dumb as gypsum. We undoubtedly need some renegotiation of the language and hierarchy between garden-variety intelligence and emotional intelligence. Old smart really is the new dumb.
Read the book so that you can reflect and then start to read it again. I am concerned that we are not nearly ready enough for the Smart Machine Age. But we can be.