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Updated: Mar 26



Will inter-cultural intelligence be required to keep people competitive for the best jobs?


Lynda Gratton, author of “The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here” argues that people will have to become experts in something new every couple of years to stay competitive in a job market that moves faster and faster. But what about executives that have to move to a new culture every few years? I think that inter-cultural intelligence training will become more and more a part of the global executive's life as the rate of change and competitive pressure to manage that change well increase.


I have seen some indications that people who are good at adapting to new cultures are better at continuous learning than those who don't adapt easily. On the face of it, this makes sense, because both processes involve learning, but more hard research remains to be done in the area.


But the big question for me is an exciting one: "How will people acquire a new expertise every few years?" That is a challenge that I'm sure KnowledgeWorkx will tackle in one way or another over the next few years.


Are people who are good at adapting to new cultures are better at continuous learning than those who don't adapt easily? On the face of it, this would make sense, because both processes involve learning.



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