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Futurist Trends: Expert Insight and Advice

Our futurist speakers series of columns for US Airways continues in this month’s issue of the popular in-flight magazine as we take a look at the latest expert trends in online safety, career management, and leadership strategies. Among the most interesting revelations is the difference in online habits between Millennials and members of Generation X, which reveals that:

  • Most still have yet to embrace secure password strategies
  • Online privacy is quickly being viewed as a thing of the past
  • Few take steps to prevent marketers from accessing personal info
  • Safety and security still remain areas where education is needed

But the other interesting piece of information that we’ve discovered in the June issue of the magazine – accessible at www.usairwaysmag.com – is that everything we think we know about careers and leadership may be wrong. According to hiring managers at organizations of every size:

  • Working and applied knowledge matters more than technical knowledge
  • Soft skills are increasingly being prized as well as hard skills
  • Few organizations put a premium on where job candidates went to school
  • A degree in specific college majors is becoming less and less important

Other useful items we highlight in the piece include a look at the latest book from Freakonomics authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, which illustrates how to retrain your brain in counterintuitive ways to be more successful and productive. Needless to say, it’s an eye-opening read for anyone who wants to get ahead in their career.

Last, but not least, we also run down some of the most useful apps for today’s business traveler, including SnapOne (great for keeping up with your family’s contacts, calendars and schedule) and WorldMate (a handy way to manage travel itineraries from one single app). You don’t have to be among the ranks of futurist speakers to see just how useful all these hints, tips and tools can be – head on over to the magazine’s website to get the complete scoop if you’re interested in hearing more.

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