Meet the sense of urgency
Organizations need to understand the impact of this widening gap on their business. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing everything. Unemployment is historically low. The future does not look bright with the status quo.
If the ability to complete the necessary work in a way that enables the organization to retain its competitive advantage continues to diminish, how will it survive? As work is increasingly dependent on higher level skills such as innovation, critical, strategic, and design thinking, an understanding of both the size of the problem and the potential impact is imperative.
However, research shows that the more competent people become, the more engaged and satisfied they become and that leads to retention. And when individuals own closing their skill gaps, the organization’s skill gaps will close.
Can you think of any more effective, low cost way to close skill gaps than inspiring and empowering each person to do it themselves?