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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
"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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Meta Skills requires more concentration and offers greater depth. It is more important, too. This book had depth and texture. Mr. Neumeier's skill lies in delivering complexity with a soupçon of simplicity. Few business "help" or "trend" books do this. Most simply repackage ideas appropriated from others and wrap them in their own bamboozle. What Neumeier's proclivity steals is the thunder of the FutureTrend shamans by deflating their language and watching it fall to earth where we can all get a good look at it.
Straightforward is Neumeier's chief brand attribute. In Meta Skills he takes complex concepts and theories on skills and training and counts them out in five steps that will keep us ten steps ahead of the agile robot. The author draws from deep wells across a wide range of disciplines, experiences and philosophies and delivers them simply -- and enjoyably. He uses wit while tweaking his dentist's poor taste in painting and savagery when describing the horrors of the Ryan Air customer experience.
I believe Neumeier's passion is reunification -- or at least the tearing down of barriers that serve to "Balkanize" us. We tend to believe certain skills, learning and people are rare experts when really most of the same skills, interests and instincts that we do. By proving emotional intelligence is as vital as rational knowledge, Neumeier offers us hope not doom. For those who create, build, design, and originate ---- this is great news. With Neumeier's encouragement we can postpone the outsourcing to Manilla (or Hal or Watson).
Read this book. Then read it backwards. So long as you keep your opposable thumb (your humanity), you have a fighting chance to stay ten steps ahead of the the robots.
Megan Stephens, my business partner and I are speaking at a Marketing to Women conference in May and we will be sure to recommend Marty's book, METASKILLS to the audience.
Another great book Marty. I have read them all and I use your ideas in my business everyday. You are a fantastic teacher...thank you!