The Future of Work: Gary Bolles on Lifelong Learning, Building Meaningful Careers and Preparing Businesses for Constant Change

Monday, February 24, 2020

By Kendall Fisher, executive producer


As technology continues to advance and propel and change almost everything we do, everything we learn, every way we connect , it’s no surprise we’re all hyper inquisitive about what the future holds, especially when it comes to our jobs and the nature of work.

Those are topics of discussion Gary Bolles—chair for Singularity University and a co-founder of eParachute (his father wrote the famous business book What Color Is Your Parachute)—knows well. On this episode of “The Grow Wire Podcast,” we pick his brain on the future of work and how to prepare for those changes in our career paths, in leadership positions and in business. 

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He compares this shift into a digital working economy to that of the agricultural and industrial shifts of decades prior, diving into the impact it will have not only on the workforce but on education and future generations. Essentially, Bolles says people need to part ways with the traditional idea of studying one topic and spending our lives along just one career path. Instead, we need to be lifelong learners.  

Bolles then dissects nontraditional business strategies and leadership, using real-life examples of companies that are doing it today, and explains why businesses must have a drive for social change now, more than ever before. 

Tune in for the full episode on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud and YouTube.