7 Future Skills for Everybody

7 Future Skills for Everybody

This special episode with Ben Olsen is like a reader’s digest of the past ten weeks of interviews, featuring seven key takeaways from conversations with leaders in business, psychology, activism, and human wellness. As diverse as their experiences are, what do they have in common? What habits propel them forward each day? What skills are they using to meet the future? Ben also offers a meditation on five interlocking principles for personal evolution and deeper connection, rich with insights from his own life.


7 Future Skills

7 Future Skills

Free Summary of Our First 10 Episodes, Plus Workbook

After featuring our first ten guests on the Ahead of Our Time Podcast, I’ve gone back through the episodes as well as my original research to bring you these 7 future skills that were spoken or demonstrated commonly among our guests.

As leaders in their respective fields, they collectively speak with shared wisdom about the future that’s here now, and how we can predict what weak signals and skills we need to pay attention to in order to survive and thrive in the decades to come.

Sign up for our mailing list to get the free summary & workbook! In each section, there will be questions and space for you to write and reflect on where you’re at and where you’re going.

—Ben


Lead with Compassion

Lead with Compassion

Scott Shute is at the heart of LinkedIn‘s quest to create a culture of compassionate leadership, serving as VP of Global Customer Operations and Head of Mindfulness Programs. In both of his roles, Scott is working every day to align himself, his coworkers, and the company with a deeper understanding of member needs—and human needs in general—through data analysis, intentional listening, and swift action, in order to elevate LinkedIn’s collective wisdom and impact in the world. As a mindful leader, he has cultivated his mastery of meditation and awareness from his early days farming with his family in rural Kansas to leading thousands in meditation in Silicon Valley and beyond. Here we learn about the secret driver of his work and creative pursuits, including art photography and yoga, that is also the key to our happiness—with beautiful depth and a simple application that we can all put into practice.


Show Notes


Take Action for Equity

Take Action for Equity

Trish Millines Dziko is a loving force, and she’s fiercely wise in skills like cultural fluency and helping others become woke to systemic inequality in our educational pathways in the US. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of Seattle’s Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a successful and sustained experiment in holistically providing STEM education for students of color all the way from Kindergarten through post-high-school internships at tech companies in the area. TAF has been changing lives for over 20 years with tens of thousands of students and graduation rates that are among the best out there. Trish has made a career of busting down closed doors, being the first diversity officer at Microsoft and the first to create a public/not-for-profit partnership school in Washington State. Her mission is to energize whole generations to become co-conspirators in a truly equitable, creative, and loving future. Trish so embodies her mission to give true access to people of color that, like me, I think you’ll leave our conversation here full of hope, practical wisdom, and a sense of having been initiated into what she calls “The Work.”


Show Notes

  • Learn more about the Technology Access Foundation
  • TAF Presents a new podcast: This Is The Work on Apple Podcasts
  • Treehouse is a program that strives for a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community
  • A beautiful feature on David D. Harris, who is Startup Advocate for the City of Seattle after a five-year tenure as the STEM Program Manager at TAF Academy.
  • Read about the Refugee Women’s Alliance
  • Subscribe to The Plug, the first daily tech newsletter covering founders and innovators of color
  • Horn of Africa Services, a peer org of TAF, is a nonprofit that serves the East African immigrant and refugee community in Seattle