- AI is here to stay (6 out of the 15 emerging jobs are related to AI in some way).
- Basic business operational functions are on an upsurge.
- Soft skills – oral communication, leadership and time management – account for the largest skills gap.
Our Managing Partner, Mark Weber, kick-started last week with a conference call with the CEO of one of our clients. The conversation focused on the topic of talent development (the #1 concern of mid-market CEOs who attended last month’s sixth annual mid-market CEO convention at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania). During the call, the CEO stated that in today’s world, ALL companies are tech companies. Many organizations don’t understand this concept and continue to see technology as a separate entity from the rest of their businesses. Greg Williams, the Deputy Editor of WIRED Magazine, recently published a blog post on the 5 reasons why businesses are moving toward being technology companies. Read it here.
Coworking office spaces represent a fundamental shift in the way people work, and the coworking industry is disrupting the commercial real estate industry in a very BIG way. The future of work is a huge topic of discussion every week at Croixstone, and the shift in how people work is what incentivized us to relocate our offices from our business loft in South End to Industrious in Uptown Charlotte nearly one year ago. Learn why companies like Spotify, Lyft, Hyatt and Chipotle have joined Croixstone in calling Industrious home across the United States. Click here.
LinkedIn publishes a monthly analysis of employment trends in the USA workforce. The report is divided into two sections: a National section that provides insights into hiring, skills gaps, and migration trends across the country, and a City section that provides insights into localized employment trends in 20 of the largest USA metro areas. In its newly-published July report, LinkedIn shared that Charlotte ranked among the top 10 cities in two different categories. Learn more here.
According to one expert, North Carolina is facing a serious economic challenge. Read this article to learn how some believe the world changed in a very BIG way in 2007, resulting in cataclysmic changes in the workforce.
On April 16th, Social Venture Partners Charlotte (SVP) will host the annual SEED20 program which identifies, highlights, and connects the community to twenty of the region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges. In today’s business world, nonprofits are not the only ones concerned with being integrated into the social fabric of society. Earlier this week, Forbes ran an article titled the “The Rise of the Social Enterprise: A New Paradigm for Business” which illustrates that businesses today need to make a shift in management in order to be more integrated into the social fabric of society.
- Achieve social, cultural, community economic and/or environmental outcomes
- Earn revenue
- Moving from an organization which operates as a functional hierarchy to one that operates as a “network of teams.”
- Each part of the company looks at the impact of external factors and the company’s footprint in the external world.
- Click here for a complete guide from entrepreneur.com to the highest-paying jobs, companies, freelance jobs and more.
- Prepare for the future as a freelancer by following these 3 tips here.
- Want to quit your job to go freelance? Here is a list of 10 skills that are in hot demand now.
- Are we all fated to become “solopreneurs”? Read here about the four key criteria needed to stay competitive and successful as freelancers.
- Learn how generative design and additive manufacturing (i.e., 3-D printing) is changing the manufacturing world here.
- Check out how generative design could radically transform the look of our world here.
- Delve into a new world of highly efficient products made by generative design here.
- Take a sneak peak into the first large-scale generative designed office here.
Back in 2001, seventeen people at The Lodge at Snowbird met to talk, ski, and relax, and what emerged was the Agile ‘Software Development’ Manifesto. Those seventeen individuals may not have predicted that the agile methodology would now go well beyond IT and impact all areas of business.
As agile becomes more and more popular, business teams across a broad range of industries and functions are continuing to adopt an agile approach as a wide-ranging global business strategy. And, big businesses aren’t the only places where agile is flourishing. Small businesses and startups are also benefiting from embracing agile strategies and mindsets.
- Learn about the secret history of agile innovation here.
- Read how to make agile work for the C-suite here.