Welcome to Big Thinks Magazine. Big Thinks Magazine is the Official Magazine of the Global Mastermind Accelerator. The Big Thinks Magazine is an online digital magazine published monthly, focusing on topics from a different perspective than most business and scholarly media outlets. These outlets have historically focused on giving the mic to a limited group of people or points of view.
Our mission and vision are to use the Big Thinks platform to Opensource ideas and give the mic to a larger audience to solve complex issues. It’s time to burst the thought bubble.
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Big Thinks Editors:
Hiring Goes Hybrid: Social Recruiting is Overtaking Traditional Methods of Hiring
The internet has facilitated the most significant impact on how we get hired. For your career to continue to experience growth and expansion, it is crucial that you know where to be seen and heard online. Getting hired in 2021 will require a multi-faceted approach, including targeted resumes and applying for jobs online while capitalizing on the new innovative ways hiring managers are using the internet and social media for hiring.
Social Impact: Going Hybrid
The world is no longer split between social impact and non-social impact. We’ve entered a time when every organization, government, and citizen is expected to improve the world around them in one way or another.
Optimistic and Creative: The Hospitality Industry Goes Hybrid
The Good News: Hotels have a clear path to recovery after a rocky year if they continue their technology transformation and flexibility for serving a hybrid customer base.
Going Hybrid: IIOT in Manufacturing
IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) is rapidly changing and innovating manufacturing by offering connectivity of assets, linking machines, people, products, and analytics into one ecosystem.
IT Goes Hybrid
In this era of digital globalization, data sovereignty and privacy issues have become a constant challenge for companies that are running businesses locally or globally. Globalization demands for information flow across the borders. Cloud technology has removed the geographical barriers of data storage, providing companies the ability to store information anywhere globally.
Healthcare Delivery: The Future is Hybrid
We expect to order an item online but return it to a physical store and buy groceries online but drive a physical location for quick pickup. This digital transformation has been ongoing in many other industries for years and has now arrived in healthcare.
From Self-Destruction to Self-Disruption
In today’s market, candidates (and employees) are experiencing the same dynamic pressures that affect SaaS and other technology products. By thinking of themselves as products and applying the same practices and techniques that lead to market success, they can remain current and meet the rapidly evolving needs of the most elite employers. Those that don’t will continue to fall further and further behind.
3 Dangerous ½ Truths (Lies) We Tell Ourselves About the Future of Work
Robots are here. It is no longer a prediction for the future but a reality of today. Robots are already taking jobs in every industry and at every level.
Degrees or Skills?
Current wisdom states that companies are hiring skills over degrees. Why doesn’t it feel that way?
In the news: The story is disheartening, especially for the younger generations. 52% of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed.
Remote Work Allows More Inclusive Hiring
With remote working, the time has arrived for all to think about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) through a much broader lens than before. Companies have been primarily focusing on increasing diversity of gender and race and have spent less focus on creating an inclusive environment for people with diverse abilities and disabilities.
Blockchaining the resume-the ultimate solution for the hiring manager?
Hiring managers are looking for candidates that can do the job, have the right skills, and fit well with the team. Blockchain is transforming recruiting by providing a fast solution to the long-standing struggle of validating candidates’ identity and skills. The question stands on what can and can not be part of the blockchained resume.
The Modern Workforce Needs a Game Plan to Survive and Thrive
To ensure success in this dynamic environment, corporations worldwide are undergoing accelerated workforce transformation, redefining their talent assessments, deployments, promotions, and retention strategies. As members of the global workforce, we need a game plan to survive and thrive in this new world.
Social Impact Companies Need to Restructure To Survive
Enterprise level companies with billions of dollars at their disposal are quickly going to make start-up and small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) obsolete unless they quickly adapt and change. It’s not possible to compete with Fortune 500 companies that decide to step into their space. With billions of dollars available to them, they can do things more quickly, more efficiently, and with quicker impact than start-up and SMBs that likely had the idea first. With the world calling on all companies to be Organizations for Good, Social Impact Companies need to restructure to survive.
Taking the Road Least Traveled: Building Your Own Career
Hold True to Your Values. No matter where you are or what you do, do not do something that does not align with your values. There will always be work that challenges us, and this is great, however difficult does not mean you have to leave behind your core values.
Alternative Pathways to Careers
College has been seen as a next step default among high school graduates, and while they serve a role for some students, there are other ways to achieve economic mobility without having to earn a 4-year degree.
Artificial Intelligence Technology in the Interviewing Process: Impartial or Impersonal?
In recent years, companies of all sizes have increasingly turned to A.I. tools as part of their interviewing process. These technologies come in the form of chatbots and A.I. assessed video interviews. According to CNN Business, one of the biggest advantages of such technology is the ability to quickly screen large numbers of applicants.
Inclusion & Diversity – It is time for a change in approach.
Businesses see inclusion and diversity (I&D) as a business imperative. However, data shows traditional efforts have had minimal impact changing bias and have not yielded substantial behavior changes in the workplace. Yet, many HR Leaders continuously lean on objectively proven ineffective tools and methods in the hiring process, the mentoring process, and the culture development process.
ESG: XR Improves Medical Training and is a Sustainable Solution
Taylor Freeman is no stranger to the power of XR. He has been in XR since May 2014 and is fully focused on immersive technology and AI as it relates to learning and human performance enhancement. He taught the first in-VR class at MIT, has worked with companies like Google, IDEO, and NASA JPL on VR training and was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 for his work building UploadVR.com, the XR industry’s largest news and media platform.
The Finance Department as an Ally
No matter the organization’s size, silos slow down the effectiveness and create inefficiencies hindering the organization from succeeding in the fast-changing world. Finance is the perfect department to be an ally and break the siloes.
How can Companies be an Ally to Parents?
Before the Pandemic, working parents already felt the pressures of balancing career and family responsibilities. Last year put a laser focus on the vulnerability of a professional with caregiving responsibilities. Moving forward requires a rethinking and complete overhaul of the policies, benefits, ways of working, and cultural norms to have a shot at equal opportunities and an inclusive environment.
Corporate Leaders as Allies for Digital Equality
Lack of broadband infrastructure, unaffordable internet subscriptions, and lack of training creates a digital gap between the urban population and others living in low or no coverage areas. This digital gap is causing inclusiveness and job retention challenges at the workplaces.
ESG and The Uncertain Future of Plastic
Since 2018, the accumulation of U.S. landfilled plastic waste has only accelerated due to a storm of global events. Each year, plastic waste accounts for approximately 11% of 294 million tons of overall recyclable waste dumped into landfills.
The Uncertain Future of the Traditional College
As the college graduate hiring rate declines to the highest number in decades, colleges are in the midst of an existential crisis.
Cryptocurrency: The Changing Ecosystem
$31.2 billion worth of retail products and services were purchased using cryptocurrencies by Americans. And Bitcoin’s biggest backers are Millennial men who live in cities and make more than $75000 a year. PayPal was the first major company to tap into this growing consumer market.
The Uncertain Future of a World Without Oil as an Energy Source
Oil is one of the world’s major energy sources, yet the demand for oil is falling, not only as a result of the pandemic, but more importantly, as a result of the move by countries to focus on zero carbon energy sources.
Social Media’s Uncertain Foundation
The complexities of Social Media requires a multi-faceted solution. A high-quality solution will take the cooperation of the technology companies, the legislators, and a brain trust of specialized experts in sociology and other fields working in tandem to identify and define the issues and build guard rails that will stand the test of time of technology innovation.
FinTech’s Uncertain Foundations
The current FinTech 3.0 era has been all about innovation and startups. Big Tech companies are taking notice.
Uncertain Foundation of the Suburbs
The story: People are leaving the city for the suburbs. The reality not so much. Other trends will challenge the story.
HIPAA: An Uncertain Foundation in a Big Data World
As the use and value of technology in healthcare continues to rise, the number of interconnected devices grows as well. Data and Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) shared across these interconnected devices create more opportunities for bad actors to attack.
The changing landscape of live music: How quarantine concerts are expanding the accessibility of live music
With live concerts on hold for the foreseeable future, concert-goers are experiencing a democratization of live music events through the emergence of livestream concerts.