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The Future of Work is a Course

The Future of Work

Ended May 31, 2015

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Full course description

Starts April 20, 2015

Our goal is not to uncover the Next Big Thing in the future of work. Our goal is to provide you with the skills and insights to examine and understand new futures as they reveal themselves and prepare you to continuously learn, grow, and succeed no matter what the future throws at you.

The purpose of this course is to see the future of work through a new lens, which will help you chart your own path through that future with greater confidence and greater ability to succeed. We live in an extremely chaotic and disruptive period of transition. Businesses and entire economies are struggling to finally leave behind Industrial Age ways of thinking and embrace a digitally-driven world where the rules and what is valued are completely different.

Course Outcomes

At the completion of this course, you should be able to enhance, redefine or reimagine:

  • Personal views and managerial practices that incorporate contemporary workforce needs
  • What matters in the future of work
  • What an engaged workforce looks like
  • How leaders (including yourself) must lead teams and organizations
  • Company structures needed to succeed in the future
  • Your role in the future of work

Topics include:

Week One: The Future of Work: A New Lens

Week Two: The Future of Work: From the Crucible

Week Three: Reaching Out, Searching Begins

Week Four: Reaching Out, Searching Continues

Week Five: Reaching Out, Searching: Connect the Dots

Week Six: Design Your Future



Intended Audience: Professionals

Time to complete the course: 2-4 hours per week

Certificate or digital badge for completing the course: None

Format: Instructor-led

Asynchronous (independent) activities: Yes

Synchronous (class) activities: None

Instructor feedback: Yes

Peer feedback: Yes

Group work: No

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Materials: None

Bill Jensen

Bill Jensen

CEO of The Jensen Group

Bill Jensen makes it easier to do great work. He teaches companies and teams to succeed by doubling their productivity while also pursuing their passions. He has spent the past 25 years studying how work gets done. (Much of what he’s found horrifies him.) Bill is an internationally-acclaimed thought leader who is known for extremely useful content, and his passion for making it easier for everyone to work smarter, not harder. His first book, Simplicity, was the Number 5 Leadership/ Management book on Amazon in 2000. His most recent books — Disrupt! Think Epic, Be Epic and The Courage Within Us — reveal the secrets of success through bold ideas and by unleashing your own greatness. His next book is on The Future of Work.

Bill holds degrees in communication design and organizational development. He is CEO of The Jensen Group. Among his clients are Bank of America, Merck, Pfizer, GE, L’Oréal Italia, Genentech, NASA, The World Bank, BBC, Philips Lighting, the US Navy SEALS, Singapore Institute of Management, Guangzhou China Development District, and the Swedish Post Office. Bill’s personal life fantasy is to bicycle around the globe via breweries.

Bill Jensen

Jean Marrapodi, Ph.D., CPLP

VP and Manager of Instructional Design, Citizens Bank

Jean Marrapodi, Ph.D., CPLP is a passionate educator and lifelong learner. With 15+ years in corporate training in banking, retail, printing, non-profits, and healthcare, she understands trends and needs in a variety of industries. Trained as a teacher, she taught preschool, special, and elementary ed, and spent five years in higher ed, where she led her elearning team to win three national awards in 2014. She is wholeheartedly invested in literacy, volunteering her time in adult education, teaching English, and reading to the lowest literacy learners. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), ATD's highest credential, and has a Ph.D. in Adult Education, along with a master’s degree in online instructional design. She currently works at Citizens Bank, promoting world-class training with the instructional designers.