The core attributes of leadership will need to be adaptive as disruptive technologies impact industries, professions, and society at large. The need to build skills, be seen as a leader, and be able to manage people, data, and robots will be critical in the future of leadership. Building high levels of competence in multiple areas, perpetual learning, and mentorship will be critical parts of leadership as the workforce evolves.
Businesses have an incredible opportunity to leverage data to their advantage, but only if they can harness the power of that data to yield real, valuable, and actionable insights. This course examines some of the hottest trends in data, including The Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Data Visualization, and Big Data. The Future of Data explains what these terms mean, and how they could impact you. This course also illustrates proper data collection and analysis process management, and how to effectively present your data.
There is a growing need for a step change in computer processing power that is driving a technological push to develop the first commercially viable quantum computer. The exponentially stronger computational potential of quantum computers could foster scientific discovery, break blockchains, and trigger a global cybersecurity arms race. To be ready for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow, you need to understand the new computational powers about to be unleashed by Quantum Computing.
Financial Technology, or FinTech, refers to technological innovations in the financial services industry. New technologies have allowed for a democratization of services, a disintermediation of service costs, and a more user-friendly financial services experience. The Future of Finance course fosters a broad understanding of FinTech, by discussing current trends, and sharing a vision of what the Future of Finance might look like.
Staying ahead of changes in technology is critical for your professional success, and the term “future of work” is invoked when discussing changes that future technology will have on jobs. Innovations could have drastic implications for you, your family, your friends, and your career. The Future of Work course places future changes in a historical context. This course also presents some valuable data to help you understand the impact technological advancements will have, and how you can be robot-proof.
Transportation is one of the biggest industries in the world, and recent technological developments have the potential to disrupt transportation at every level. Self-driving cars and drones are gaining ground, while some future technologies - like the Hyperloop - could fundamentally change the transport of physical goods and people. The Future of Transportation course takes an in-depth look at the transportation industry, recent technological impacts on the industry, and establishes a vision of what the Future of Transportation might look like.
The future of energy is changing. The mix of energy consumption and the sources of energy supply – and demand are in flux. In coming years and decades, the critical sources of additional energy supply and market-driving demand will shift drastically. Meanwhile, energy technology is also changing, including automated solutions and the use of big data. But some expectations are too extreme, since there are physical limitations to both the rollout of electric vehicles (due to limited elemental components of batteries), as well as to the variability of some renewable sources of power generation.
Technology innovation is a critical part of the future of healthcare. New and emerging technologies will have a significant impact on healthcare, from surgery-assisted robotics to wearables. There are also important changes coming for healthcare as a result of improvements in how data is collected, and how it can be used to push innovation and drive improved outcomes. Other major changes will occur in the way people access their healthcare, use their health insurance, and receive medical entitlements.
Technology innovations are disruptive and they are a critical part of business development and economic advancement. Massive technological changes threaten to change finance, data, transportation, and the future of work. Any industry that is profitable is at risk of disruption. Futurist Fundamentals helps you develop a vision of how the future will impact you and your profession, and it shows you how to plan your career as a Futurist to stay ahead of the robots.
Risk isn't something we usually think about until it's too late. Financial risk management allows you to prepare for the worst before things go bad. It's the process of identifying, measuring, owning, addressing, and monitoring downside risks—from possible legal and regulatory judgements to an injured reputation. If you want to set up a risk management program at your organization, or simply be able to recognize and manage risk better, this course is for you. This course looks closely at currency risk, commodity risk, interest rate risk, and other important risk topics. Jason Schenker of Prestige Economics discusses nine types of corporate risk, including financial and nonfinancial risks. He explains the difference between direct risks that companies face constantly, as well as indirect risks that usually come from vendors, competitors, and counterparties. Then he covers how risks are typically resolved, either by elimination (divestiture or acquisition), transfer (hedging or insuring), offset (creating a natural hedge), or ownership (keeping the exposure). Finally, he reviews how corporations can actively measure and monitor risk by appointing dedicated risk managers, officers, and committees.
Audits are a critical part of finance, but they're not solely within the purview of CPAs. Audits and due diligence projects are supported by consultants, analysts, and finance professionals—and even by people who have little or no formal financial training. In this course, financial expert Jason Schenker helps to acquaint you with the fundamentals of audits and due diligence (DD) projects. Jason doesn't focus on the mathematical calculations that play a role in audits; instead, he provides a general overview of the processes involved. He explores the different kinds of audits—from internal and independent audits to the tax audits that are initiated by the government—and reviews key audit and DD processes. Plus, he shares best practices for auditing a company's financial data, business processes, and assets ethically and effectively.
You may not know it, but economic indicators impact your life in a big way. They impact your job, they impact your company, and they impact your investments-including retirement savings. That's why it's important for everyone-business owners, investors, and employees alike-to understand where to find and how to interpret this important data. This course breaks down a key economic indicator each week, from big-picture data like inflation and unemployment, to sector data such as home and auto sales. Economist Jason Schenker explains how each indicator impacts the global economy and your own wallet, and how markets typically react to upward and downward trends. You can use the same easy-to-find online resources to follow along with the latest data. Take five minutes to tune in every week, and get the data you need to make better professional and financial decisions.
You can't control when the next recession will hit—but that doesn't mean your career is at the mercy of the market. Economist Jason Schenker shares six key strategies that can help you manage your career—and even thrive—when the market takes a turn. Throughout this course, Jason shares practical tactics that can help you become recession proof. Learn how to prepare for a recession—of company, industry, or country—before it even hits; how to dig in and fight a recession; how to invest in yourself during challenging economic times; and more. Plus, learn about the different varieties of recessions, as well as how to determine if one is imminent.