Meet Sophia, the first robot to gain citizenship!

Remember how hard it was to get that second passport? Well now imagine sitting in a line down the road with robots competing with you to get citizenship. It is so real…it is scary!

‘Sophia’ has become the world’s first “citizen robot” after Saudi Arabia awarded her honorary citizenship.

It turns out, Sophia has plenty to say! Watch her interview with CNBC here! Our GLEAC founder recently caught up with Sophia at Cogx in London. She is everywhere these days!

 

What does it mean for you?

Automation is appearing everywhere. Ready or not, innovations like robotics, computerized algorithms, artificial intelligence, augmented reality is transforming the global economy, even displacing many in the human workforce. It is why you may have noticed I am focused on tooling you with my APP, GLEAC to compete with what’s around the corner.

Here’s what you are in for with these new citizens:

1. The emergence of the Chief Robotics Officer: By 2019, 30 percent of leading organizations will implement a Chief Robotics Officer role or define a robotics-specific function within the business.

2. More collaborative robots: By 2018, 30 percent of all new robotic deployments will be smart, collaborative robots that operate three times faster than today’s robots and are safe for work around humans.

3. Growth in robots outside the factory: By 2019, 35 percent of leading organizations in logistics, health, utilities, and resources will explore the use of robots to automate operations.

If you want to get ahead and learn about Artificial Intelligence now, here’s a course at MIT we are actually taking so join us if you can!

 

A.I is taking over but here’s how you win!

According to the CEO of Microsoft, “What will keep us ahead of A.I. is for us to become more human!”

What makes us more human are our soft skills such as creativity, empathy etc. Once regarded more as a “Nice to Have”ability is today a “Must Have.” We are entering a period where for the first time in human history, soft skills will leapfrog hard skills. Skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, self-awareness, flexibility, and decisiveness are becoming more relevant in the job market than technical hard skills.

As a result, schools and universities developing curriculum to remain relevant and prepare the future workforce must create new learning environments to equip students with the best possible relevant soft skill-set which would ensure that they are better leaders and learners of tomorrow and are ready to take on challenges of the future job market.

With GLEAC, we have developed a framework around 25 skills to help prepare the workforce ” to be more human” for the unpredictable future ahead. A sample of some of our skills are listed below:

What will a job look like 15 or 20 years from now and what skills will be in the greatest demand? Gazing into the future may sound speculative or even whimsical because experience tells us that predictions about what future holds are usually inaccurate.

An automated workplace needs a human element for it to work fluidly. This means people will need the ability to continuously adapt, engage with others, acquiring knowledge and learn new ways of thinking and most importantly bring to the table those skills and abilities that only humans have!

Additional reading:

World Economic Forum Report on 21-century skills

How do you stand out at a job fair?

Imagine being at a job fair, what powers do you have that every single company needs but they cannot see? How do you in under 2 minutes showcase these powers? Does this situation look familiar?

Yet job fairs look and feel the same today. The same setup and process just like going to a furniture or an electronics fair. One is to buy a thing that can last a week or a year, the other is planning your future, meeting the people who will shape your destiny and your success. Same Same?

You see the irony right?

Here are some ways using our GLEAC APP, you can interrupt the typical job-fair cattle call:

You can share your ability to learn ( growth mindset) which is your “bitcoin” exponential value.

You can share with our patent pending method your scores building 21-century skills

You can give a better picture of yourself with the dynamic info on GLEAC coupled with the static psychometric testing within the APP.

Most importantly you can showcase all of the above on your Resume using our platform.

That’s right, GLEAC is a keeper;-) Go download it now!

 

How Gleac, Linkedin and Facebook and rethinking Resumes!

LinkedIn has just made a brilliant move and created the LinkedIn Resume Assistant. This smart integration was well worth the billions of pounds Microsoft spent to acquire LinkedIn. LinkedIn data is now directly integrated into Microsoft Word to help users write better resumes.

Facebook is also testing a “work histories” feature that can be shared on a profile with limited access to your phones, etc. What this means is Facebook is entering the job hunting race, and we may soon see the 87% of recruiters checking LinkedIn to vet candidates and…GLEAC?

Here’s why GLEAC is a step ahead, and why everyone needs to pay attention:

  1. Both LinkedIn and Facebook are merely tinkering with the design and integration of the same old information we compile on resumes.
  2. GLEAC is instead interrupting the type of information you would traditionally put on your resume.
  3. GLEAC’s focus in on developing and measuring growth mindsets.

We are entering a period in our history where for the first time, soft skills such as judgment and decision making, creativity, communication skills, etc. will leapfrog ahead hard skills.While LinkedIn and Facebook are fundamentally providing templates and ease of creating the traditional resumes as we know them, i.e., same content.Personally, our bias is towards GLEAC…..we wonder why;-)

To beat a robot, become more human?

We all have the capacity, with deliberate practice, to become more human again.

 

The single best way to ensure a robot will not take your job is? Try asking this question in your next meeting and see what happens: “How many of you can truly say you are living out loud the length and breadth of your potential every day?” You might get a few cheeky ones asking you what you mean by “potential.” Define it as using your talents, gifts, and powers coupled with expressing your passions and exploring (both tall and wide) who you could become, on a daily basis.

I have asked this question over the last seven years to tens of thousands of adults and youths with various levels of education, economic situations and genders across the world. In every single case, less than three people have raised their hand in any audience, regardless of the size.

Yet we are fixated by robots taking our jobs!

In October 2017, I was watching an interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN and Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. Satya noted: “In a world where there is a lot of artificial intelligence, real intelligence will be scarce..” Fareed then hit the nail on the head when he chipped in adding: “The challenge is for human beings to figure out how to become more human!”

Becoming more human is much harder than one thinks, given most of us have at least 17 years of education that has robotised us. Most of us do the exact same thing, day in and day out, in the exact same manner. Same friends. Same holiday destinations. Same traditions. A lot of same-same everywhere, with the occasional scandal of our kid wanting to take a gap year. It is no wonder we are afraid that real robots will “unmask” us and take all our jobs. Real robots are way better than we are at doing repetitive, mundane things where little imagination, empathy, eccentricity, and ingenuity are needed.

Many of those who were more human than the rest of us, that is laughed too much, asked the dumbest questions, and/or dropped out of great jobs or schools to pursue projects of wild passion, we now find around up-shaping the world. Take a close look at the lives of Trevor Noah, Jack Ma, and Lady GAGA. Their lives are messier than most of ours. They have fallen over and gotten back up infinite times and have taken risks that the majority of us cannot even begin to comprehend. When you add their human-ness all up, theirs with all the dings and gaping holes have way more texture than the rest of us. And they are not worried at all about robots taking their jobs!

Now for the great news. We all have the capacity, with deliberate practice, to become more human again.

In his book Peak, author Anders Ericsson sets out the roadmap on how anyone can get good at anything, with something called “Deliberate Practice.” This is not the 10,000 hours Malcom Gladwell talked about, that it takes for anyone to become an expert in anything. This is practice involving a teacher/mentor/sponsor/coach who knows how to help others improve in a particular area such as leadership, empathy, judgment, decision making and who can give continuous feedback so you can iterate and adjust your next move on the go. It also involves setting well-defined goals in a specific area that keeps you practicing outside your comfort zone. It is the difference between quantity over quality.

What this means is that every single one of us can get better at being more human by simply converting those who are “human-er” than us into becoming our teachers/coaches/sponsors/mentors, to help us practice with deliberateness at becoming more human ourselves. Not hard, right?

To get motivated, just visualise some of the benefits: you may create a new job category as a robot whisperer – that is robots get directed to you to learn how to become more human; you autograph your work with your unique human-ness, like a Picasso painting that no robot could ever imitate, or you create with your infinite potential something that out-robots the robot so they too have to embrace becoming better robots!

This article was also published at https://www.khaleejtimes.com/editorials-columns/to-beat-a-robot-be-a-creative-human

What’s the bad side of altruism?

The “bad” side of altruism

“The most boundaried people are the most compassionate ones!”

-Brene Brown

High Altruism is an excessive concern for others e.g. you are always helping people.

Does this sound like you or someone you know?

How can that be bad, right?

Meet Sara: she works really hard and always loves to help other people. She’s a fun, energetic person to be around. But she often gets completely burned out because she spends so much of her time helping anyone and everyone whenever she can. Sara is the type of person we look at and think “Good human!”

The problem Sara faces is her high ambition conflicts with her high altruism. She’s constantly battling with herself. How does she move into a new and different direction that requires her to manage her altruism? Check out GLEAC’s visual graph of Sara’s traits here:

Isn’t being ‘too altruistic’ just a part of “who she is” so it cannot be changed? What will YOUR GLEAC graph look like?

So if you were Sara, how would you go about developing or changing your altruistic side?

When you have particularly strong traits in a certain area – for example, altruism – it can be very difficult to change such tendencies. This is your automatic default reaction to the world so going against it is like swimming against the tide.

But there is a way for you to learn to manage, protect and develop such traits.

The key to it is self-awareness.

Having a conscious awareness of your character and feelings is equivalent to holding a map giving you a 360-degree view of exactly where you are standing right now at Point A. It makes getting from point A to B much clearer.

But how do you figure out where to go and how to manage yourself if you don’t know where you are?

This is where a well-researched behavioral test on GLEAC can be life-changing.

In the GLEAC test you are shown clearly your unique values, motivators, work strengths and conflict-driving behavior. We suggest you take the test on GLEAC if you have not yet. It is approved by the British Psychology Institute.

Unlike lots of psychometrics that need a consultant to help interpret the results, the graphs and clarity of the GLEAC report make it easy for you to identify your strengths, gaps and get started with applying self-awareness to these areas!

Now that Sara has a map and knows exactly where her gaps and strengths are, she can begin to protect and manage her energy and choices that might be affected by this trait. She can start applying self-awareness to her decisions straight away.

Stay tuned for the next article on self-awareness:

So, you’ve taken a psychometric test. Now what?!”

Until then, lovely humans!

GLEAC ON!

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