The world is flat
The book contains 475 pages, but essentially, here's the summary:
Anyone anywhere on the planet will be competing for YOUR job, so better strive to get into one of the following four "untouchable" worker categories:
- Special. Your skills and talents are so special that you are set for life, economically. Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, Barbra Streisand.
- Specialized. You're a brain surgeon, a specialized attorney, a high-priced accountant, etc.
- Spatialized. Your job cannot be outsourced to foreign countries because of its nature: you're a barber, a hairstylist, a dentist, etc.
- Super learners. You learn fast, fast, fast, and adapt to any emerging circumstances by modifying or customizing your skill set and talent.
LinkedIn helps at three levels:
- It introduces new concepts and new knowledge, learned from others (for example, you can use the number of connections as a fairly good indicator of career progress)
- It facilitates the formation of new connections (prior to registering with LinkedIn, I didn't know whom my friends knew; now, I do).
- It helps you to explore opportunities to develop new competencies (for example, you might partner with someone else to exchange special knowledge, skills, resources, etc. -- companies do this all the time, why can't people do it? Pharmaceutical companies, for example, sign knowledge-sharing protocols to exchange research findings)
In other words, LinkedIn can help with concepts, connections and competencies (this framework was first articulated by Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Kanter.