Last night I experienced something in the airport in route home from the Operation HOPE Los Angeles offices which underscored why the next generation of young people — our leaders of and for our collective future — need to FOCUS on excellence.  Technology, transformation and the natural trend lines of change are challenging enough with regard to the ‘future of jobs:’ current studies predict that as much as 40% of all current jobs will disappear by year 2025.  Here is an outtake from a recent article in The Times of India:

“The prospect of millions of jobs being eliminated by automation is very real. An Oxford University study “estimates that 47% of jobs in the US are ‘at risk’ of being automated in the next 20 years.” Similarly, an Australian study concludes 40% of that country’s jobs are at risk of being eliminated by technology, perhaps as soon as 2025.”

The risk of automation, robotics and technology is real, but there is another risk — ourselves.

  • Crappy customer service.
  • Lackluster employee engagement.
  • Indifference.
  • Replacing American excellence with American ‘whatever works.’

These threats are real and present. Not merely to the people who work or who seek work in the future, but to American prosperity in total.

Let’s go…

John Hope Bryant, founder, Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures

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