I have had a recent run of reading books about how we are all going to be replaced by computers,
Rise of the Robots
Humans need not apply
and now finally Humans are underrated.
I had already read Talent is overrated by Colvin so I had high expectations of this. While the other titles are pretty gloomy fare, this is more a traditional good quality management book, focussing on the sorts of skills that people will need to thrive in the world. Unsurprisingly the skills that will be most valued are people skills.
While there might not be anything in here that is hugely unexpected, it is well written, well evidenced, and comes across as thoughtful and helpful.
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Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will Kindle Edition
As machines inexorably become ever more competent at doing machinelike things, interpersonal skills, irreplaceable skills of human interaction, will come to be recognized as being even more valuable than they've always been. This is an extremely important, highly practical, and indeed exhilarating book. - Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPPIn Humans are Underrated, Geoff Colvin makes the case that there is no point trying to beat machines at their own game. What makes people special is their inbuilt propensity for social interaction. We work well in groups communicating, collaborating and, yes, empathising. Our best hope lies in what makes us most different from the logic-processors in the softer side of human nature. - Financial TimesAn intriguing book. Humans need humanness, so that's what will retain market value. Not that the argument's solely economic. It also helps explain, for example, why face-to-face interaction is so critical for wellbeing. Computers can (and probably will) take over or transform every human job, except one: that of being human. - GuardianBeautifully written and deeply researched, Humans Are Underrated is one of the most creative and insightful leadership books I have ever read. It is a triumph! - Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author of Team of RivalsA powerful exposition of the strengths and limitations of technology in shaping our lives and addressing today's greatest challenges. More than ever, as Colvin demonstrates, we need people who embody the most human of qualities. An uplifting account of the enduring potential of humanity itself. - Paul Polman, CEO, UnileverThrough a series of practical case studies and insights, Colvin clearly demonstrates that regardless of where the future takes us emotional intelligence will remain one of the most valuable human skills and the Human Element will remain a differentiator. - Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and CEO, Dow Chemical CompanyGeoff Colvin's fresh take on how to respond to the rise of brilliant machines and the changing nature of work is as wise as it is inspiring. - Dominic Barton, global managing director, McKinsey & CompanyA measured and comprehensive case for the edge that human beings will have over their titanium brethren in the future job market. Packed full of insightful research and case studies, Humans are Underrated makes a compelling case that people aren't surplus to requirements just yet. - Elite Business --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Publisher
Geoff Colvin is Fortune's senior editor-at-large and is also the author of Talent is Overrated and The Upside of the Downturn. He has served as moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, where he has interviewed Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Herb Kelleher, Peter Drucker and other business legends. Colvin graduated Harvard cum-laude with a B.A. in Economics, and received his MBA from New York University's Stern School. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00OZ0TLBK
- Publisher : Portfolio (4 August 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1147 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1857886380
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thoughtful and helpfulReviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2016
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A worthwhile readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2018
The world is changing and the way we work and interacts needs to as well which is the premise of this very good book
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Positive futureReviewed in Italy on 6 November 2016
In a world full of predictions of technologies that will dominate, with human beings replaced by machines, this book contains a positive view of the future for humans.