I’ve also been on LinkedIn for eight years and read more profiles than I could tell you but few share their storied career failures. Leaders, however, will openly tell of the road to wisdom: it most often runs through failure. I, too, find myself somewhat shrinking back and hiding failure till success arrives. In 2012 I decided to change. I began writing a short book about searching for work during the Great Recession. The main story is about traumatic failure. Suddenly, it transformed into a story of the American experience, not just my own. It became a story about the changing workforce and bio-profiling resulting from an invasion of neuroscience+psychological tests businesses implemented in HR. Abandoning resumes, they fled to predicting emotional intelligence, psychometrics, cultural affinity values - in software.
I told the truth about the end-run toward genetic profiling slowly creeping into big data so that parents and counselors would better understand the future of work placement. They need to know the real significance of enduring being hyper-profiled by businesses right down to their families health factors and neurological test metrics. Where there is private data employers will find it and apply it within behavioral analytics. Students will be joining a software-selected workforce; that’s not what it’s called but 76% of US corporations are doing it (2014 figure). And their data is still growing.
As for this eBook, it is on Amazon’s Best Sellers Ranked list at 1.652 million – that is, for clarification, lower in sales than 1.6 million other books. That’s not success! Yes, but like all the CEO’s whom once failed and later penned their successes, I went straight to my low point. The real success; what makes the story interesting and original, comes next. We are, indeed, on the path to being genetically profiled. The consequences will be enormous.