What is the future state of insurance and employee benefits?
With health care companies struggling to keep up with the aging population, the obesity epidemic and the need for healthcare reform, it will be critical that the employees of these companies in the coming decades remain malleable to the changing external environments that they will find themselves in. Mergers and acquisitions will continue to be prevalent, as these organizations search for efficiencies. Non-traditional players will continue to emerge, so disruption will continue to be a hallmark of the industry as the race for the best solution ensues.
How should a business person look at their own professional development in 2019 and beyond?
No matter what stage of your professional career you may be at, it is critical that you view yourself as an ever learning sponge that has a tolerance for ambiguity and a passion that fuels your relentless drive to be the best - every single day. Knowledge is power, and within the context of business success, it is the lifeblood of remaining of value - to the organization you work for. Standing still is no longer an option if one wants to truly achieve success.
What skill set will successful managers of the 21st century have to have?
For a person to be successful in the business world of the future, it will require a very specialized skill set that includes key attributes such as resiliency, change adaptation, agility and personal relationship skills. The world in general is moving faster than ever, and a manager of people must be able to always stay ahead of the curve, with regard to innovation and the impact upon their teams. Strategic and tactical ability will be at a premium, and leveraging a strong ability to produce results from personal relationships will be paramount to one's success.