What will soon be the most essential professional skill? “The ability to absorb tremendous amounts of information,” predicted Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. Across the enormous variety of topics discussed at the summit, one trend was obvious: The amount of available information is growing exponentially.

For top business professionals, this trend highlights an urgent question: How can you educate yourself to absorb tremendous amounts of information?

Not long ago, professionals could count on the skills they gained through traditional education to take them most of the way through their careers. Going back to business school for a master’s degree was a ticket to higher lifetime earnings and a measure of stability.

But today it’s a different story.

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