The Future of Work Is Marching to Your Own Beat

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This Week in Kaplan University's Visionary Voices video series: Bloggers have a leg up on other job hunters. Watch the video now!

Bloggers have a leg up on other job hunters.

If you've been blogging for any length of time, you're used to expressing your opinion, marching to your own beat as it were.

There'll be a lot more of that type of individual improvisation as the 21st century unfolds and a lot less of the corporate lockstep that characterized the workplace of yesteryear.

That's according to TIBCO Software Chairman and Chief Executive Vivek Ranadivé, who talks about career transformation and the future of work in Kaplan's Visionary Voices video series.

Speaking at the recent Techonomy industry conference, Ranadivé says that because economies and technologies are changing, people must equip themselves to adapt.

"The 20th century was really about the large corporation and I think of that as a Sousa marching band where everybody robotically marches to the beat of a single drummer," he says. "The 21st century is going to be more like jazz, where everybody is going to be adding value and doing their own thing."

In such a changed work environment, the job of a manager is to allow people to improvise, get feedback from employees and customers "and then make it sound like music."

A good education will help prepare you for your part, whether you're the conductor or part of the band, he says.

Watch the video to hear more of what Ranadivé has to say:


Kaplan University provides a practical, student-centered education that prepares individuals for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( It serves more than 53,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

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