In the Office of the Future advanced technology will be more pervasive than ever. However, computer proficiency alone will not guarantee career success. Tomorrow's workplace will require strong PEOPLE skills:

Problem-solving abilities (organization, judgment, logic, creativity, conflict resolution)

Ethics (diplomacy, courtesy, honesty, professionalism)

Open-mindedness (flexibility, open to new business ideas, positive outlook)

Persuasiveness (excellent communication and listening skills

Leadership (accountability, management and motivational skills)

Educational interests (continuous thirst for knowledge and skills development)

The Importance of People skills

Your technical skill will only qualify you for a job - your people skills will get you the job. Let's look at a couple of real life examples

1) I have a friend that is an Ramesh and is probably one of the brightest computer professionals that I have ever met or spoken to. He has no learning curve - his mind is a computer. However, he can't get a job. What is the problem? He is stubborn, belligerent, not a team player and all around not very good with people..

From India, Hyderabad
Sanath Kumar T S
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"In the Office of the Future advanced technology will be more pervasive than ever"

Dear Ravikumar,

Namaskar and welcome.

Although you have put your post under humour category, it has opened very vital issues for future. however, I am responding only to the above sentence.

More than some 30 years ago Alvin Toffler had made more or less same prediction in his future shock. But it has not come true.

For last 11 years Bill Gates is No1. business genius. The No.2 is far behind him. He too has come down from around 65 billions to around 45 billions. Similar is the position of Azmi Premji in India. What I mean to say that geniuses are accidental creations of nature. You can not create geniuses.

Of course, there is increase of billionnaires but value of dollar has gone down.

World is going to be hit by man power deficiency though India may be the last country on this count. Under such circumstances the companies will have lesser ranges of choices in selecting their work force.

There are mushrooming growth of educational institutions. But both pay and infrastructure are not that attractive except in few famous institutions.

So I do not think that your linear prediction is coming to be true.



From India, Delhi
Your friend should then seek an employment where the company needs people to join their support project.
Stubborn or being bellligerent is good if he can porove his point backed with data and knowledge.
Let me know how this goes

Sanath Kumar T S

Let us face facts. People are NOT computers! (Thank God for that! Otherwise depending on their configuration, everyone would be Dravids and MF Husains and Amitabh Bachchans!) When this is the case, one's technical competence and skill ALONE will not be enough in this world where we need to interact with others to achieve a common goal.
So, let us NOT discount, or look down upon the vital need for people-skills.
By the way, why is it that this has been listed under Humour?

From India, Mumbai

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