Talent Development For a Transforming World – Guest Blog By Jeanne Beliveau Dunn

April 20, 2011 - 0 Comments

By: Jeanne Beliveau Dunn, Vice President and General Manager, Learning@Cisco

Economic, technological and social trends are constantly transforming the business landscape around us. Gartner Research predicts that by 2015, 40 percent or more of an organization’s work will be non-routine, up from 25 percent in 2010. According to a recent Cisco survey, three of every five employees believe it is unnecessary to be in the office to be productive, and two of three employees worldwide say they prefer a job with less pay and more flexibility.

Enjoy my discussion on The Talent Development Race, continue reading to learn more about the challenges the global workforce faces, and please join the conversation. Share your thoughts on how public and private organizations can collaborate to develop the skills tomorrow’s workforce will need to be successful.


Entire industries are transforming overnight with shifts occurring in connected health care, transportation, government services and education. The challenges ahead lie in human capital transformation, and the great equalizers that can help solve this challenge are education and the Internet.

 Considerable leaps in technology require equal or greater leaps in the education provided to those who operate and maintain these advanced systems. Aligning education and skills to new business realities will become a necessity. The industry needs to shift to outcome-based education that produces these new skills to prepare students to work in in-demand areas. New skills are needed including innovation, problem solving, global awareness, collaboration and communication. Organizations supporting the development of a large pool of these skills will have a global competitive advantage.

 Students that can adapt to an increasingly globalized environment, understand the broad-reaching impacts of their decisions, and capitalize on change and turn it into an advantage will stand to become the leaders of tomorrow’s networked economy.

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