CM 033: Karie Willyerd on Future-proofing Your Career

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Blog Post - Karie WillyerdFear of job obsolescence ranks higher for most people than their fear of dying! Only half of workers today believe their skills will be valuable three years from now, and of this group, only a third feels their companies are providing the kinds of training they need to do anything about it.

That means the learning is on us, and we need strategies for navigating this strange new world.

Karie Willyerd has answers. Karie is the author of Stretch: How to Future-proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace. She is the Workplace Futurist for SuccessFactors, an SAP company, and the co-author of The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrows Employees Today. Her articles and blogs appear regularly in Harvard Business Review, and she has been a Chief Learning Officer for five Fortune 500 companies.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How, no matter where we work, it is on us to manage our professional learning
  • What our professional learning has to do with Al Capone
  • Why millennials really are not that different from everyone else
  • The one thing that 83% of executives agree on
  • Five practices we can use to stay current
  • The power of a diverse network
  • What it means to: learn a living
  • A powerful system for reflection with a triple loop for learning
  • What a reverse mentor is and why we each need one
  • Why we need new experiences in our work
  • When to throttle down on productivity in order to learn new skills
  • Why bouncing forward is so much better than bouncing back
  • What it means to become an enhanced employee

Karie also shares insights on the power of virtual reality for learning and building relationships.

Selected Links to Topics Mentioned


Gallup Report – Employee Engagement Findings


Oxford Economics

Al Capone

Sell-by date

David Kelly and IDEO

Farai Chideya and The Episodic Career

Mark Granovetter and the concept of weak ties

Adam Grant and Give and Take

Harvard Learning Innovation Labs

New York Times New Work Summit



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  1. Prasad on May 6, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Heard this last night. Learned some amazing facts. Thank you!

  2. Gayle on May 6, 2016 at 2:38 am

    So glad to hear that!