The liquid market of Talent

vlna-01Today we live in a time of uncertainty, a Vuca World (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous), where volatility, ambiguity and complexity have become common features of our private and professional life.

The social networks are clearly the new economic operating social system that allows us to approach work in a different manner. In the last 15 years, internet was a network of pages, thus allowing a blending of opposite information sources.

Only in the last 5 years, it has become a true network of people.

Job in the “GIG Economy”

The advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has lead to the so-called “GIG Economy”, where the individual service on demand becomes a job opportunity (Uber and Airbnb), generating transparency between client and customer. As rightly observed by Carlo Alberto Carnevale Maffè during a Talent Talk held at the Human Age Institute Foundation, “today internet is becoming a true coordinating and stimulating tool, exactly like a Company, which represents the traditional place of work coordination and talent stimulation”.

The Social Networks represent a very liquid market place that allows exchange between organizations and workers, encouraging us to study new forms of jobs and talents. Indeed, nowadays there are no companies that choose a new associate without this collaborating approach. The monopoly of certified knowledge no longer exists, thus the companyorganization model has to face a new challenge because I am just one of the sources of certification but not the only one nor the most relevant: I am a necessary but not sufficient condition, a condition systematically subject to confrontation and challenge.

Talent in a transparent context

The same goes for talent, which has to compete in a transparent context, in which your profile becomes you identity card and in which the best goes ahead on the grounds of merit. The Millennials have an unprecedented rate of education and exposure to skills and stimuli: we are talking about people who know things we have never known, who have developed different behaviours and live social networks naturally. To them, grouping, learning from others, working on specific projects, keeping a work-life balance is a natural thing, and their freedom of choice is radically different.

The organizations are well aware of these features and know that to attract, keep and stimulate them, they have to engage them on the ground of experience, thus becoming an integral part of the ongoing education, which has become so essential today.