It’s that time again when the best-of-year lists are proliferating. Sure it’s been a crazy year, but we enjoy those lists as a way to keep our heads about us, and to keep going.
Some of the more forward-thinking are publishing their predictions for the coming year. It’s great to think about a new beginning when the last chapter was so … bleak.
LinkedIn Learning published The Biggest Trends of 2021 and Free Courses to Get Ahead: They call out:
- For leaders, character will be everything.
- The remote classroom will get a much-needed upgrade.
- The pandemic will unleash a new wave of entrepreneurs.
- We will dive even deeper into virtual worlds.
A Practical Guide to Managing Change
We’ve partnered with Amava to offer this 6 week live course starting on January 6th. What better time to address the skills and mind-set to navigate change in the new year.
Modern Elder Academy Founder Chip Conley published Accelerated by the Pandemic: 5 Trends to Expect in 2021. He predicts:
- The Alliance of the Young Entrepreneur and the Modern Elder.
- The Emergence of “Long Life Learning”.
- The Digital Nomad Goes Mainstream
- Co-Living Moves Beyond Millennials
- We Better Understand “Why We Gather”.
Designing Work for Well-being, The End of Work/Life Balance was co-authored by Deloitte’s US Chief Wellbeing Officer, Jen Fisher. It’s a deep dive into the challenges organizations and leaders are facing with respect to employee well-being. A theme they were predicting before COVID. Their hypothesis:
COVID-19 has reminded us of the dual imperatives of worker well-being and work transformation, but executives are still missing the importance of connecting the two. Organizations that integrate well-being into the design of work at the individual, team, and organizational levels will build a sustainable future where workers can feel and perform at their best.
Conference and Event Trends
Safety and the ability to adapt quickly to new hybrid models are some of the trends that Successful Meetings is watching in 2021. Some of their other observations:
- Hybrid events are here to stay, and technology is emerging to make it easier to live stream in-person events to remote attendees.
- Event organizers will lean in to training to better support their speakers at virtual events.
- Tech used for professional networking will serve a dual purpose — to warn when someone is too close as a reminder to socially distance.
Convention and Visitors Bureaus are rethinking their funding models in the wake of 2020’s event cancellations, reaching out to local businesses, hospitals, and universities to provide space and event expertise.
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