A new era is upon us—The Human Age.

Previous eras were defined first by the raw materials that transformed them—stone, iron and bronze; then they were characterized by the domains people conquered with ever-improving technology—industry, space and information. Now, it will be human potential itself that will be the catalyst for change and the global driving force—economically, politically and socially.

This new reality of optimizing human potential will be the single most important determinant of future business success and growth in the Human Age. It will require business and government leaders to re-examine how they unleash and leverage human potential in an increasingly volatile and shifting world. Manpower discusses the Human Age and details the forces that have propelled the world into this new era: