This is going to be a two-part post. In part 1, I will explore why failure can be a powerful competitive advantage, and in part 2, I will explore how to leverage failure as a competitive advantage. When I was growing up, I was always told that failing at something was the worst possible thing […]
Why This Time It’s Different
Recently, during the question and answer session of a keynote address I gave at the Staffing Industry Analyst’s Conference on the freelancer economy, I was asked, “Why is it different this time?” The attendee clarified the question by saying change is always here — it is the only constant. So, why should we pay more attention this time than we did 10-, 20-, 50 years ago? In this episode of the Future in 5, I discuss the three reasons why it is different this time. [...]
Truly Human Leadership-Part 2: Management and Leadership at Barry-Wehmiller
This episode continues my interview with Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., a manufacturing company with over 8,000 employees. Part 2 covers leadership and management. In a very interesting discussion, Bob shares some of the creative and innovative things that he and his company are doing to really create a workplace where people feel fulfilled and engaged — and where they actually want to show up. It is all about his idea of “truly human leadership.” Tune in and listen to Part 2 of this lively discussion!
The Future Of Work Forum Is Coming to San Francisco on April 29th!
I’m very proud to share some exciting news about the FOWC (Future of Work Community). We have grown quite a bit over the past few months and now have over 30 global brands from around the world as members. These are some of the world’s most forward thinking and progressive organizations such as Sanofi, MasterCard, […]
Why The Internet of Things is Going to Change Everything
In this episode of the Future in 5, I talk about the internet of things. I’ve touched on wearable devices and things related to technology in the past, but I wanted to focus specifically on how the internet of things is going to change our lives. We’re all familiar with people connecting to the web — we can go online on our phones, computers, etc. But, what happens when devices start to go online? [...]
Does Technology Drive Behavior Or Does Behavior Drive Technology?
What comes first — technology or behavior change? In this episode of the Future in 5, I take a look at this popular topic. I am beginning to see two different conversations happening. On one side, some companies are saying that before they invest in any kind of collaboration technology, they want to figure out a way to change behavior. Once the behavior is changed, they will invest in technology. On the other side, some organizations say they need to invest in the technology so that they can change the behavior. Listen in and give me your comments!
Truly Human Leadership-Part 1: Management and Leadership at Barry-Wehmiller
With the crisis in leadership and so many employees in the world disengaged, I’m always looking to find organizations that are doing things differently or thinking about leadership differently. This is Part 1 of the future of work podcast featuring Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., a manufacturing company with over 8,000 employees that has shown a growth rate of 16 percent a year compounded over the past 25 years. Bob has a unique approach to leadership whereby he feels personally responsible for every employee that works at his company — a concept that he calls “truly human leadership.” Enjoy and make sure to tune in for Part 2!
Are You Working Too Hard or Not Hard Enough?
Lately, there have been some discussions focusing on getting people to work harder and more hours. This has been a very interesting topic and it got me thinking. In this episode of the Future in 5 I ask the question “Are we working too hard or not hard enough?” [...]
Do We Need Managers?
In 2011, Gary Hamel wrote a seminal article called First Let’s Fire All the Managers where he explores the challenges with modern management and hierarchy. These include large overhead costs, poor decision making, sluggishness due to bureaucracy, and employee disengagement and lack of empowerment. Managers have long been considered to be the bedrock of organizations, so even thinking […]
Why Freelancers Are Taking Over The World
In this episode of the Future in 5 I share the eight driving forces and trends enabling the freelancer economy to grow, and why I think freelancers are going to take over the world. Recent statistics are confirming the growing freelancer economy. [...]