As we're moving more and more away from manual labor towards 'brain labor' in our everyday work, the lists here from World Economic Forum really resonated with with - the table shows the most important skills to have to succeed and highlights the shift from 2015 towards 2020

Not surprisingly, complex problem solving remains the most important skill to assess, but I'm surprised that WEF predicts critical thinking and creativity(!) to be more important than coordinating with others; active listening is out of the top-10 as is quality control (the hypothesis here is that machines and AI will take over this task)

What I derive from the list is that it's becoming increasingly more important to do what I usually call 'apply brain' as this is (for now) the area where computers cannot match humans (yet?!)

Our ability to solve problems creatively and to combine several complex concepts to find one new, innovative solution is becoming top-priority, backed by our ability to manage people to actually get the ideas and solutions executed

Emotional intelligence has replaced active listening, again a sign (for me) that we in the future needs to focus on all areas that are not easily replicated by computers (the first artificial active listener was ELIZA, in 1972) - actually, and on a side note, Harvard Business Review do have an excellent podcast explaining why being an active listener is no longer good enough 

Key take-away from this? Focus on your skills as human being, on creating strong (and right) teams for business development and customer service, and let the computers do the rest :)

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