Millions of young Americans are experiencing a “quarter-life crisis.” They understand that the economy and the nature of work have changed forever. Talent today want more bang for their buck. They want to leave a mark, make a contribution, have a purpose. In short, they’re seeking a calling more than a career. They crave meaning, autonomy, and exploration. Managing one’s vocation successfully is no different than managing a business. And that’s why the contingent workforce has the power to[...]
Just seven days from now, people across America will be carving turkey, gathering with family, and perhaps watching the big game. Then, just hours after digesting the Thanksgiving feast, another brutal contact sport commences: Black Friday. As we wrote two years ago, the day doesn’t just represent a bonanza of bargains for savvy holiday shoppers -- it’s also one of the season’s biggest windfalls for hackers. And as the events of 2017 have demonstrated, hacking has evolved into one one of the most critical political, social, and commercial issues across the globe. Cybersecurity deserves its place as a paramount financial concern for business leaders. Economically, digital security is also coming to represent one of the biggest opportunities in job demand, as the need for cybersecurity professionals spreads.
Last Friday, a member of my leadership team found himself cut off from the digital superhighway when his city experienced an area-wide Internet outage. It began around 10:00 a.m. and lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning. Local merchants struggled to process transactions, which hindered commerce; let’s face it, most people rely on cards over cash. Some businesses simply sent their workers home and wrote the day off as a loss. The situation, though regional, illustrates the greater macrocosmic impacts of digital communications on today’s organizations. And while the cause of the shutdown was not malicious in nature, it does underscore our reliance on secure, dependable Internet access -- and why cybersecurity should be a paramount financial concern for business leaders. Economically, digital security is also coming to represent one of the biggest opportunities in job demand, as the need for cybersecurity talent spreads.