The "new Normal"

As the world has spent the past year reeling from the backlash of the economic downturn, societal mindsets have had to shift to accept the repercussions of the new reality—operating in a “new normal” that is anything but normal. Global economic forces have strained existing models and systems to such a point of tension that they are no longer sustainable.

We are entering an era of great transformation and radical changes and new developments, where business models will have to be redesigned, value propositions redefined and social systems reinvented. 2011 will be the first year where new models of economic dynamics and management are put in place. The next five years will feel chaotic because global forces, in flux over the past few years, are now simultaneously converging, forcing societies and political and economic systems to adapt and corporations to evolve their strategies and structures. It will be this new reality in which human potential itself will become the major agent of economic growth.

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Listen to podcasts on global readjustment and the implications of the Human Age.

Richard Floersch, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, McDonalds discusses the pressures that changing demographics place on the entry-level workforce. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
David Westerland, Executive VP of Administration, Corporate Secretary, Ball Corporation, on using technology efficiently to manage talent on the global level. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Nancy Reardon, SVP Human Resources and Communications Office and Jackie Scanlan, VP Global Talent Management and Organization Effectiveness, Campbell’s Soup, discuss social media, technology and how candidates and companies are connecting in new ways. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Jim Sweet, Senior Human Resources Officer, Newell Rubbermaid, on flexibility in attracting and recruiting talent. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Steve Calhoun, Executive VP, Human Resources, Packaging Corp., explores the impact of technology on the evolution of business and training and education. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Tom Mathews, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Time Warner, says workforce planning is more than just recruiting; it’s being proactive and planning ahead for your company’s needs. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Dick Antoine, Former Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources Officer, Procter & Gamble, on the shift from long-term employment to long-term employability. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
J. Frank Brown, Dean of INSEAD, discusses technology, training, and the ties between career mobility and global mobility. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Jim Quigley, CEO, Deloitte, discusses how demographics are going to renew the war for talent, making retention and development ever more important. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Confederation of Trade Unions, discusses the future of the global workforce as the world shifts to green economies and technologies. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Tristan Wilkinson, Director of Public Sector, EMEA, Intel, explains the different expectations of the younger generation entering the workforce. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Sir David Bell, former Chairman Of The Financial Times and Director of Pearsons Group, on the rapid changes affecting when and how we work. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Moustafa Mourad, President, One Global Economy, discusses how technology and networks give new access to underserved communities. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Jacob Korenblum, Co-Founder, Souktel, on using mobile technology to reach youth in developing nations. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
William Reese, President and CEO, International Youth Foundation, discusses the importance of training the youth of the developing world and creating an economy that can absorb them into the workforce. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, explains why governments need to focus on forecasting what businesses will need in the future if they want to compete across geographies. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
Ian Cheshire, CEO, Kingfisher, on education and training programs failure to prepare employees for their positions. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »
David Arkless, President of Corporate and Government Affairs, Manpower, discusses the motivations that drive people to migrate for work. You need to update your flash player to listen to this podcast. Update Now »