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Great thought! I would include integrity or character in that list. We need more people who can treat others with respect, disagree agreeably (perhaps that is in your last one) and can do the right thing even when no one is looking.

Thank you for a lovely post.

Wonderful writing!! Insightful and encouraging in terms of how humans are operating and connecting in an ever increasing technological world. It appears the 'human' element is still vital to our well-being. Versatility and adaptability to our evolving world is also a quality we must develop. I really enjoyed reading this post. Thank you.

Thanks for your comments, Vicki and Melissa and I really appreciate your additions.

Vicki, I agree wholeheartedly that integrity should also be on that list--thinking of it more in the sense, though, of being true to yourself and to doing the right thing. I definitely see respect as part of the larger ability to engage in authentic conversation.

Melissa, I think you hit the nail on the head with getting the "human" element in there. From a skill perspective, it is our most human qualities that will actually keep us employable in an age when technology and robots are going to be able to do many of the more rote tasks.

Thanks again for your great comments!

Michele; A great list!
I'll have to reflect on it a bit to parse out some implications, but it looks like a great place to start say, maybe, a development plan or curriculum.

PS What the heck is "cognitive load management"??? Why don;t we just say; simple is better, or invoke Occam's razor.

Howard, agreed that these skills would make a great foundation for a development plan. I know that in 2012, they are the areas I plan to more intentionally develop. Would be interested in any further thoughts you have on implications. . .

And "cognitive load management" is essentially learning how to manage the steady stream of information that comes in to you. You're pointing out, though, how ridiculous this stuff begins to sound when we try to make it more "technical." I'm in full support of the Occam's Razor approach!

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