AI Evolution: Equipping Your Team Today for Tomorrow's Challenges

AI Evolution: Equipping Your Team Today for Tomorrow's Challenges

AI Evolution: Equipping Your Team Today for Tomorrow's Challenges

A huge buzzword in today’s digital age is “AI” or “artificial intelligence.”

AI excites some people and strikes fear in others. Yet whatever your position, this Hard Trend is undeniable and will shape the future of your business or organization in some way.

Applications like ChatGPT, deep data algorithms, and others are changing the face of work and how we approach business practices at an unprecedented speed. So, what does that mean for the roles we have at work? Better yet, how do employers acquire talent with the skills necessary to keep operations progressing into the future? And finally, how do employees adapt when many of the tasks they are used to completing are being transformed by AI?

AI Is Moving Fast

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Organizations and employees alike find comfort in their tried-and-true operations, but the business world is never constant — change is the only constant. According to a recent report completed by Goldman Sachs, 60% of the jobs available today did not exist in the 1940s. With the accelerated rate at which AI is transforming our current roles, today’s positions will be exponentially different in the next 5, 10, 15, and 20 years.

We do not have the luxury of sitting back and becoming complacent in our current roles, no matter what level they are at. Instead, we need to take an Anticipatory approach to work, looking at the future of AI technology in the workplace and proactively promoting the education of our workforce to develop essential skills.

Do Not Let AI Lead You — Be the Leader

Because AI is progressing at such an exponential rate and will continue to do so, many organizations are still finding it difficult to obtain as well as retain top talent. Likewise, workers are finding it difficult to assimilate to their new roles in a technology-driven workforce.

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Adaptation to AI is certainly on everyone’s mind; however, there is a slight problem with the concept of adaptation. It is a complacent and reactive approach to this digital disruption, and it will continue to be. Essentially, using agility to face AI will continue to put you in a place of professional anxiety.

With the uptick in AI applications, many companies have allowed AI to come to them. As a result, they wind up disrupted and feel that AI is at fault. Let me be frank: AI applications are not sentient beings. They merely exist, and it is up to people to decide whether to put them into action.

It is up to you to apply AI within your business or organization. But applying it is only half the battle. There is the human factor of the equation, where your employees are affected by those AI applications. What ends up happening is business leaders either replace employees with those who have the technical skills necessary to work with AI or they force their current employees to learn these skills at unrealistic speeds.

But in reality, no matter the option you select, you are already behind at this point.

High-Level Skills and Technical Knowledge Is a Powerful Combination

Implementing AI applications in Anticipatory ways is definitely part of the equation, but as a leader, you are dealing with humans at your organization. Humans need to be taught how to work with these AI applications.

Teaching the essential skills at the heart of AI encompasses more than just technical know-how of coding languages, data sets, and machine learning principles. These are valuable skills, but employers need to teach how to leverage the higher levels of cognitive domain that human beings bring to the table.

In 1954, psychologist Benjamin Bloom developed a taxonomy of six levels to the cognitive domain. These are:

  • Knowledge

  • Comprehension

  • Application

  • Analysis

  • Synthesis

  • Evaluation

Knowledge and comprehension are the lower levels, while application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation are higher. By creating a space for employees to foster these higher levels, you not only encourage them to develop confidence in their use of these new skills, but employees will also have the advantage of examining data and filtering the most crucial information in a way that AI cannot. 

Bringing It All Together

Creative problem solving, decision making, and the ability to communicate effectively are key skills that AI cannot touch. A mastery of these skills gives you, your team, and your business or organization the competitive advantage in your industry!

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As you can see, an Anticipatory approach to AI in your industry and others is not just about working AI into your system. Human employees will always be a valuable asset to any business or organization, but much like AI applications, they too need to evolve and “upgrade,” if you will.

Combine these high-level skills with modernized knowledge in your training, make it interactive, and give current employees downtime to explore and learn these competencies fully. How you mesh teaching critical thinking skills with learning new technology is the way of the future.

To learn more about how you can take advantage of AI and accelerated digital transformation while retaining high-value employees, join my Anticipatory Leader Membership. I dive deep into training about the future of AI and teach you how to use Hard Trend future certainties to turn disruption and change into opportunity and advantage!

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Daniel Burrus

Innovation Expert

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker. He is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies, helping them to accelerate innovation and results by develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. His client list includes companies such as Microsoft, GE, American Express, Google, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble, Honda, and IBM. He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Flash Foresight, and his latest book The Anticipatory Organization. He is a featured writer with millions of monthly readers on the topics of innovation, change and the future and has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Wired, CNBC, and Huffington Post to name a few. He has been the featured subject of several PBS television specials and has appeared on programs such as CNN, Fox Business, and Bloomberg, and is quoted in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune, and Forbes. He has founded six businesses, four of which were national leaders in the United States in the first year. He is the CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients profit from technological, social and business forces that are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities. In 1983 he became the first and only futurist to accurately identify the twenty technologies that would become the driving force of business and economic change for decades to come. He also linked exponential computing advances to economic value creation. His specialties are technology-driven trends, strategic innovation, strategic advising and planning, business keynote presentations.

   
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