The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed

The Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed

by Kelly Palmer, David Blake


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As seen in Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur, Quartz at Work, Big Think, Chief Learning Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and featured in the Financial Times, and Forbes Recommended Reading for Creative Leaders.

Nominated for a GetAbstract International Book Award at Frankfurt Book Fair, as one of the top 10 business books of the year 2019

Selected as a best business book of 2019 by SoundView

Keeping people's skills in sync with fast-changing markets is the biggest challenge of our time.

The workplace is going through a large-scale transition with digitization, automation, and acceleration. Critical skills and expertise are imperative for companies and their employees to succeed in the future, and the most forward-thinking companies are being proactive in adapting to the shift in the workforce. Kelly Palmer, Silicon Valley thought-leader from LinkedIn, Degreed, and Yahoo, and David Blake, co-founder of Ed-tech pioneer Degreed, share their experiences and describe how some of the smartest companies in the world are making learning and expertise a major competitive advantage.

The authors provide the latest scientific research on how people really learn and concrete examples from companies in both Silicon Valley and worldwide who are driving the conversation about how to create experts and align learning innovation with business strategy. It includes interviews with people from top companies like Google, LinkedIn, Airbnb, Unilever, NASA, and MasterCard; thought leaders in learning and education like Sal Khan and Todd Rose; as well as Thinkers50 list-makers Clayton Christensen, Daniel Pink, and Whitney Johnson.

The Expertise Economy dares you to let go of outdated and traditional ways of closing the skills gap, and challenges CEOs and business leaders to embrace the urgency of re-skilling and upskilling the workforce.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473677005
Publisher: Mobius
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

KELLY PALMER is on the executive team at Degreed as the Chief Learning and Talent Officer. A respected thought leader on the future of learning, business, and career transformation, Kelly was the Chief Learning Officer at LinkedIn, VP of Learning at Yahoo!, and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world, and has been featured in Big Think, Forbes, and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine, where she writes a regular column on the employee experience.

DAVID BLAKE is cofounder of Degreed. He has spent his career innovating higher education and lifelong learning. Prior to Degreed, David helped launch a competency-based, accredited university and was a founding team member at Zinch (acquired by Chegg). David was selected as a Top EdTech Entrepreneur by the Stanford d.School EdTech Lab, sponsored by Teach For America and NewSchools Venture Fund. He has been published in the Harvard Technology Review, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Huffington Post. He has spoken around the world on the topic of the future of learning, including the ASU Education Innovation Summit, EdTech Europe, and TEDx.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

About the Authors xiii

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 How We Really Learn 1

Chapter 2 Make Learning a Competitive Advantage 23

Chapter 3 Embrace Personalized Learning 45

Chapter 4 Combat Content Overload 61

Chapter 5 Understand the Power of Peers 83

Chapter 6 Succeed with the Right Technology 107

Chapter 7 Analyze Skills with Data and Insights 131

Chapter 8 Make Expertise Count 147

Conclusion: The Future Is Already Here 171

Endnotes 191

Index 207

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