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The Future of Work & the Importance of Curiosity

Released Friday, 5th June 2020
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What traits do we want to grow in our students so that they can flourish in a world where work may and likely will be very different?

That’s the central question we ask in this Open to Learn Episode. We’re very happy to have Chris Powell, CEO and founder of Talmetrix, on this podcast. Talmetrix is a feedback and analytics company that helps organizations produce and leverage insights to improve employee and organizational performance. Given Chris’s background and knowledge on the workforce, we thought it’d be fun to talk about how education might be shaping kids for the future of work.

I’m changing things up a bit for this interview. Joining me in the interview is my good friend Keith Millard. Keith is superintendent of Batavia Local Schools and a big picture thinker. His perspectives are quite helpful in this fun exchange of ideas and concepts.

Chris Powell

CEO of TalmetrixChris is an HR veteran with over 20 years of enabling high performing companies such as Deloitte, Marriott International, Voya and Scripps Networks Interactive. He brings this experience to Talmetrix to develop technology-enabled solutions that help improve engagement, performance, retention and business outcomes. Chris understands the dynamic relationship of how the employee experience impacts organizational performance and outcomes.

Keith Millard

Superintendent of Batavia Local Schools SchoolsKeith serves as the superintendent of Batavia Local Schools. Keith has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, a building administrator, and a district leader. Professionally, his interests are in education policy and growing students. Other interests include music, technology, and learning.

The one theme that emerges repeatedly in this episode is curiosity. Chris emphasizes the need for education to not just focus on the “what” when learning, but the “why”. That’s what is required of tomorrow’s workforce. And, arguably, required to fulfill our lives as humans.

Fun Conversation Points and Questions in this Episode

The importance of logic and reasoning in your everyday individual looking for a job.

We need students to think logically and creatively. How do we find a balance between two sides of the brain? Do we need to find balance?

It appears that state based accountability systems do a poor job of capturing / measuring the qualities needed for students to flourish in future job environments. What, then, should policy makers do?

What do employers look for? The three Es. Education, experience, and exposure.

Do we want to define success in education purely on the ability to become a worker and contributing to growth / GDP? What should the purpose of education be?

What is the 5th Industrial Revolution?

Does college really matter? (Yes. They help with learning agility.)

How do we and our students handle distractions?

How do we make all work meaningful? Can we? (Chris thinks we can.)

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This episode of Open to Learn is sponsored by the Presidential Fitness Challenge.

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