Blueprint for Building a 21 st Century Worker
A Blueprint for Building a 21st Century Worker
It is becoming increasingly clear from neuroscience research that intelligence is not fixed and that the ability to learn, think and problem-solve can be enhanced at any age. The implications of this new knowledge in the workplace are profound. It means that poorly prepared entry-level workers can make significant improvements in their ability to meet workplace requirements in weeks. It means that the effectiveness of corporate training programs can be dramatically improved, whether the training is for job-specific skills or for so-called “soft skills” like critical thinking, communication or collaboration. It means that it is possible to develop the overall cognitive capacity of both individuals and organizations. This paper explores the implications of neuroscience research for the preparation and training of workers for 21st century work.