A must read report from the US National Academic Press. The report describes the important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking. These labels include both cognitive and non-cognitive skills- such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, effective communication, motivation, persistence, and learning to learn. 21st century skills also include creativity, innovation, and ethics that are important to later success and may be developed in formal or informal learning environments.
Download free pdf from http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13398
In addition to the old (and still critical) work requirements of mastery (education and experience), talent, work ethic, character, intelligence and flexibility, this article highlights additional requirements that are needed today: connectedness, communication, and collaboration. A must read by those in the workforce as well as in academia (for these 5 drivers need to be developed in the future generation of workers who are in universities now!).
This April 2012 study by McKinsey (http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/newsletters/chartfocus/2012_10.html) says YES. The report says that “Between 2008 and 2010, companies with more diverse top teams were also top financial performers.” For companies ranking in the top quartile of executive-board diversity (defined for this study as women and foreign nationals/cultural deviersity), returns on equity (ROE) were 53 percent higher, on average, than they were for those in the bottom quartile. Results were similar across all but one of the countries studied (except France). This evidence shows that varied cultural backgrounds and life experiences can broaden a company’s strategic perspective.
Please note universities and colleges – here is more evidence to develop teamwork in students and enhance diversity initiatives!