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Setting the Stage for High Performance: How Can Organizations Prepare for the Fast-Forward World of Tomorrow?

Every major organization proclaims that ‘people are our greatest resource,’ but the good ones actually mean it. With that in mind, what will the world, particularly the working world, look like in the future? Richard Worzel is a Chartered Financial Analyst, strategic planner, and one of today’s leading futurists. In this peek into tomorrow’s world, he provides an overview of what that world will be like, and how it will affect the high-performance individuals that top organizations depend on for performance. Among the topics Richard will explore will be:

• How the global economy will unfold in future, how it will be different from the past 20 years of rising competition from developing countries, and what it will mean to corporations and their people;

• Why technology will be an even bigger factor over the next 10 years than it has over the last 20, and what it will mean to the employment markets, corporate productivity, how it will affect the employment markets, and why it will emphasize the need for the so-called ‘soft skills’ of leadership, teamwork, and empathy;

• How America’s demographics are shifting, why it will change market demand and consumer needs, how it will place a surprisingly overlooked group into new prominence, and what kinds of pressures it will place on workers and the environment within which they perform;

• Why innovation is a motherhood issue that corporations love to talk about but hate to do, and how that can be changed into a tool that enhances leadership and builds cohesion; and

• What will be the social dimensions of this fast-forward world? What kinds of pressures will people experience, and what should nurturing corporations do to help their people cope?

Richard’s overview will provide a broad perspective on the future of the corporate world, and a road map of where we’re going as a society. As well, Richard will provide planning tools aimed at fostering innovation and leadership as an included take-away electronic handbook.



What CIO’s Will Be Bringing to the Party: The Future of Technology, and How CIO’s Will Contribute

Most of the world is both astonished and simultaneously surprisingly blasé about the technological advances of the past 10-20 years. Yet, as CIOs know, the changes behind us are merely table-setting for the changes to come over the next 10 years. More than ever, other C-Level officers will rely on CIOs to provide organizational leadership. Richard Worzel has a degree in computer science, is a best-selling author, a Chartered Financial Analyst, but is best known as Canada’s leading futurist. In this survey of what’s to come, he will talk about:

• The rise of ‘everyday robots’ and computer intelligences, and how they will change the workplace;

• The increases in productivity that will be possible for those organizations that can embrace the changes to come;

• The importance of foresight in a marketplace that is changing so rapidly;

• The interplay between the different C-Level positions, notably the rising importance of HR professionals, CFOs, executive officers, and how they can both feed off of, and support the work of CIOs;

• The rising importance of so-called ‘soft skills’ of teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal relationships as a direct result of the rising importance of technology.

All told, far-seeing CIOs will emphasize how C-Level officers will need to support and assist each other to take best advantage of the technologies to come. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to be ready for the challenges ahead, both in the rising technologies, and in how to help your organizations employ them.

Inventing Our Way Around the Coming Staff Shortages

Every organization in the country that relies on skilled people is experiencing a shortage of workers in almost every discipline, and every group is trying to deal with this shortage in more or less the same ways. Obviously, most of them will fail. What, then, can a forward-thinking organization do that is different?

Richard Worzel, one of North America’s leading futurists, a strategic planner, and experienced at working with HR groups. Instead of just reviewing why this shortage is happening, in this workshop he will help organizations devise ways of dealing with it. To start, he’ll lay out the challenges ahead from demographics, technology, economics, and geopolitics, and then work with participants in inventing new approaches in an area where demand will exceed supply for some years to come. Along the way, he’ll give participants a toolbox of future-oriented planning tools that will help them repeat and continue the work on their own.

The Future of the Labour Market

The prospects for jobs for the next generation of workers is decidedly mixed: there are going to be lots of jobs begging for people, and simultaneously, lots of people desperate for work. This seeming paradox is the result of a wide range of forces coming together to create a fluid and perplexing job market: the aging and gradual retirement of the baby boomers; the different work ethic of their children, the echo boomers; the rising importance of the global economy, with its dramatic increase in trade and export on the one hand, and the outsourcing of jobs on the other; and the acceleration of the business cycle because of the effects of technology. The net result is a workplace that can't get enough of certain trades, but seems to freeze out many young people. In this wide-ranging and immediately practical presentation on the future of work and the workplace, futurist and best-selling author Richard Worzel takes conferees on an intriguing tour of the future, how it will treat those preparing for tomorrow's jobs, and what they must do to succeed.

The Strategic Importance of Human Resources in the Future

Most of us have accepted that change is inevitable, but we still get caught by surprise. Traditional advertising no longer works the way it used to, and the next generation of workers don't behave like earlier ones. China and India, between them, seem to be posing an enormous threat to the businesses we run, at the same time as they offer enormous opportunities. Employment prospects are different, and required skill sets change seemingly without rhyme or reason, making it tough for professionals to stay employed, and for employers to find and retain the skilled people they need. And technology keeps lobbing grenades into the business world, with new possibilities that are untried, and either disappear without a ripple, or revolutionize the way business is done. How is an organization to cope, and what role will HR professionals play in this future?

Futurist and strategic planner Richard Worzel cuts through the clutter. In this keynote survey of tomorrow he identifies the crucial changes coming for corporations and non-profit organizations, and offers strategies and tools for HR professionals. He identifies the deliverables companies will need - and expect - from HR, and talks about the challenges we face, including the biggest challenge of all: the war for talent. For those confused about tomorrow's HR, this presentation offers clarity and a realistic assessment of the challenges ahead, along with tools designed to meet them.

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