In episode 116 of the Leadership Minute, I look at how IT skills are shifting in response to generative artificial intelligence (GenAI).
00:48 — It used to be that when I was interviewing candidates, the number one skill I was looking for was Google. There are just too many technologies to demand that any IT professional has them all memorized. But if they can use Google, they can find the answer.
01:28 — But now that story has changed. Now, I would say that the single most important skill I’ll be looking for is GenAI. That can come in a lot of different flavors like Microsoft Copilot, ChatGPT, or Google Bard. Using generative AI tools makes simple search skills look fairly primitive.
02:11 — Here are some concrete examples: The first is that GenAI can give software developers, whether that’s web, application, or mobile development, a huge advantage. In some cases, you can just describe the software you want and it will write the code for you.
03:14 — Another example is using generative AI to help with communication. Ideally, you wouldn’t just use the AI tool to do all your talking. But you could have it write a draft when you don’t have any idea where to get started.
04:00 — You might take boilerplate, and then modify what it outputs to suit your specific needs. I look at the impact of GenAI on IT skills much like the advent of CAD (computer-aided drafting or drawing) had on draftsmen and architects.
05:04 — When I’m going to hire people, that’s going to be one of the first things that I’m looking for. It doesn’t have to be a real extensive use of these skills. They just need to be able to demonstrate that they’ve been taking advantage of the new technologies in GenAI.