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The Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business by Dan Keldsen, Tom Koulopoulos

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Hyperconnecting: From Me to We

Man will see around the world. Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at span.

—JOHN ELFRETH WATKINS JR., “WHAT MAY HAPPEN IN THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS,” THE LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL, 1900

In this chapter we look at the growing hyperconnectivity between people as well as the proliferation of devices and the changing nature of what constitutes a “device.” We’ll also talk about the Gen Z challenge of living in the two worlds of online and offline experience, with a specific look at Gen Z through wearable devices such as Google Glass. We’ll explore the role of reverse mentoring as a way to manage the ...

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