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NextMapping: Anticipate, Navigate & Create The Future of Work Paperback – February 12, 2019
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- Publisher : Motivational Press (February 12, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1628655895
- ISBN-13 : 978-1628655896
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.35 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is very well-structured and it is easy for the reader to see that the author is indeed well-experienced and understands the topic very thoroughly.
The author brings up many real-life examples and case studies to help the reader understand the great importance of being able to adapt quickly to the rapid changes in technology that affects all aspects of our lives.
What I like most about the book is the PREDICT acronym which helps the reader to anticipate the future and better prepare for it.
This book is not only for business owners and corporate leaders who are concerned about building a business that can withstand the change of seasons. This book is also highly informative and will benefit anyone who doesn’t want to be left behind by the waves of technological change.
It’s easy to just disregard the technological revolution as something that isn’t happening for another couple of decades, but the truth is, it already is happening and affecting our lives, as well as the functioning of numerous businesses. Most DVD sellers never saw Netflix coming, and Uber is no longer just a funny word to all those taxi drivers who lost a significant part of their income thanks to a smartphone app. Whether you’re a small business owner or a CEO of a major company, you need to be aware of the changes brought on by AI and plan your further actions accordingly if you want to still be successful in a decade.
Following the usual disclaimer, the book opens with words about the author, a Preface and three individual parts. PART ONE contains 2 chapters, The first explaining that “The Future is NOW” and asks “Are You Ready?” for of the already initiated abundance of robots, drones, AI and the differently evolved thought processes of the new employee population with which you are going to have to deal. Chapter Two – “The Future, Predicting the Future - The Predict Way” describes where you must decide when and how these elements will affect your business. PART TWO contains 3 chapters examining “The Future of Work.” The first (Chapter Three) “The Mindset of a Navigator of The Future of Work” explains specifically what this will need to be. Chapter Four, “The Future is Shared” explains how the mindset of new employees will differ from previous ones necessitating an entirely new approach. Five, “Navigating Today’s Challenges – What’s Next” examines existing and future elements. PART THREE consists of chapters 6 and 7 that explain the absolute requirement for creation of a ‘Culture of Trust’ within the work force to face a very human future with Robots, AI and Automation. A final chapter emphasizes NextMapping to “Create Your Future of Work and Share the Future You Are Creating”. A list of “Resources” and a most helpful Index conclude the book.
Discussion: This is another in the rather large number of books that are appearing to aid business Owners, CEO’s, COO’s et.al. in facing the impact of so many factors. Automation has received the largest amount of attention to date because of the horrendous increase in data that already are a major and ever-increasing problem with several books dedicated to the need to expand Cloud and the possibilities of developing Quantum Computers. A few have focused upon the personal element and involvement of the personality aspects of the differing generations. This author has pulled together much of this latter material, seemingly somewhat more succinctly than others I have read, and explained not only the characteristic differences of the new entrants from those they are replacing in the work force, but their relationship to the fast-growing areas of Robots. AI and automation. As in most books written by frequent lecturers, there is considerable repetition that can be overlooked because of its use ‘to make a point’. All in all, a most worthy contribution to the requirement of increased knowledge for business to survive in this fast changing world. Which brings an interesting thought to mind for this reader. The constant surveillance that will be required by someone in some position of power to assure the trustworthiness of each component of the ‘teams’. With the new teams making the decisions, only one undedicated individual can bring about unwanted results bringing to mind the old adage – A camel is a horse designed by a committee.