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Jul 13, 2017

Given the ever-increasing role of technology, educators often emphasize “hard skills” as a foundation for success; but, according to the Harvard Business Review (HBR), three new books suggest that mastery of technical skills is not the most important skillset. Effective future leaders need to grapple with larger questions around what the goals of technological innovation should be, what it means to have a prosperous society, and what the future challenges will be that need to be met. HBR argues that the arts and humanities provide a rigorous training for grappling with those questions.

According to HBR, “What matters now is not the skills you have but how you think. Can you ask the right questions? Do you know what problem you’re trying to solve in the first place?”

Ultimately, the books reviewed in the article—including The Fuzzy and the Techie by Scott Hartley, Cents and Sensibility by Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro, and Sensemaking by Christian Madsbjerg—suggest that the most important training is not in any specific skillset but rather in finding ways to expand our thinking.

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