October 14, 2016: Friday news roundup

Time for another look back at what we found online this week that piqued our interest and fed our curiosity.

How learning and development are becoming more agile
The makeup of the modern workforce is changing, from full-time employees to a patchwork of freelancers, contractors, and project-based part-timers. One HR exec says in this article, “The future of learning is three ‘justs’: just enough, just-in-time, and just-for-me.” This aligns perfectly with Udemy’s own POV, and we’re thrilled to see more HR leaders get on board.

HR ranks these must-have skills high on entry-level workers’ resumes
Sticking with our friends in HR, the Society for Human Resource Management conducted a survey of its membership to see what skills are most critical for entry-level employees. Following a larger trend, the responses weren’t about hard skills like coding. Instead, dependability and reliability, integrity, and ability to work on a team were named as the most important attributes.

What happened when I dressed up to work from home for a week
Anyone who’s been on a regular work-from-home schedule knows how easy it is to let things like personal appearance slip when your only human interaction is via chat and email (and maybe answering the door for UPS). This writer experimented with swapping her PJs for “real” clothes and found it made a difference in her sense of professionalism and productivity.

Why Peter Drucker’s writing still feels so relevant
Prolific professor and business expert Drucker passed away at the age of 95 in 2005, but his writings on management continue to carry weight today. His ideas around “knowledge workers,” decentralization, the IT revolution, and much more feel prescient to us now. This article suggests Drucker continues to be relevant because he was “a citizen of the world” who applied his deep understanding of history to his theories.

The two questions one of the world’s best musicians asks about everything
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has won countless awards and performed around the world. He was born in Paris to Chinese parents who moved the family to New York when he was seven, and Ma says that experience was instrumental (sorry) in fostering his lifelong curiosity about the world. Read on to learn what he asks himself whenever he encounters a new idea or situation and how this practice has helped him understand “people’s habits, other cultures, history, and music itself.”