Great Collaborators and Orchestrators – Good horizontal interaction, comfortable working for a global company and translating its services for the local market wherever that may be.
Great Synthesizers – Creating value by combining disparate parts into an integrated whole, designed around consumer needs and demands.
Great Explainers – Selling “advice” such that the product becomes a secondary focus.
Great Leveragers – Combining the best of what computers can do with the best of what people can do and then constantly reintegrating the new best practices the humans are innovating back into the system to make the whole – the machines and the people – that much more productive.
Great Adaptors – These are the “versatalists” – applying a depth of skill to a progressively widening scope of situations and experiences, gaining new competencies, building relationships, and assuming new roles.
Green People – There will be lots of jobs involving the terms “sustainable” and “renewable”, focusing on bio-derived or bio-inspired solutions to our looming energy and environmental problems.
Passionate Personalizers – The new middle jobs will require a personal touch, producing a revival in human interactive skills, skills that have atrophied to some degree because of the industrial age and the internet.
Great Localizers – Small and medium-sized firms will need to learn how to take all the global capabilities that are out there and tailor them to the needs of a local community.
About learning – A friend once asked Isidor I. Rabi, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, how he became a scientist. Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day. She wasn’t so much interested in what he learned that day, but she always inquired, “Did you ask a good question today?” “Asking good questions”, Rabi said, “made me become a scientist.” Learning how to learn – If it is important to learn, how do I learn how to learn? What course should I take? The answer isn’t in the coursework itself. There’s no simple answer, but Friedman has a suggestion: “Go around to all your friends and ask them one question: ‘Who are your favorite teachers?’ Then go out and take their courses — no matter what they’re teaching. Because when I think back about my favorite teachers, I don’t remember the specifics of what they taught me, but the excitement about learning they inspired.” Have passion and curiosity – the world is flat