Towards the end of October of last year I announced that I was working on a new book for Wiley around the future of work. Tomorrow, I hand in my manuscript which is just over 60,000 words. I researched and interviewed many companies for this book and am excited to see this manuscript in it’s […]
In Amsterdam Keynoting The Social Conference
Hello from the Netherlands! After a 4 hour flight from San Francisco to Chicago and then another 8 hour flight from Chicago, I (and my fiance Blake), finally made it to Amsterdam where I will be keynoting The Social Conference. We are staying in a hotel that once used to be a prison during World […]
Change is the Only Constant and it Will Kill Hierarchy
The one thing we can always be certain of is that things keep changing and we don’t always know what those changes are going to bring. The big difference for organizations today is that change is happening faster, in other words more changes are occurring and the rate at which those changes are occurring are […]
5 Ways Email Makes Your Employees Hate Their Jobs
It can sound like a gentle wave, an eager ding, or perhaps a vibration on our phone felt from a pocket. It’s email, and regardless of how much we talk about the future of work and collaboration, we cannot ignore this blaring reality of all employee lives. Email keeps us handcuffed to our phones and […]
How Can Organizations Stay Adaptable and Nimble While Focusing on Growth?
There’s an interesting paradox that organizations are faced with. On the one hand they realize that the rate of change around the world of work (and the world in general) is increasing and on the other hand they are focusing on growth. In order to remain competitive organizations must be nimble, adaptable, and agile yet […]
Why We Don’t Need Offices
Looking back a decade or so ago it was absolutely essential to have an office, or more likely, a cubicle. That’s where we had meetings, saw our coworkers, and just got work done. But today do we really need corporate offices? New technologies allow us to “connect to work,” meaning that all we need to […]
Challenge Everything You Know About Work
I recently put this video up on Forbes but wanted to share it hear as well. It’s about the importance of challenging our common ideas and assumptions of work. This is crucial if organizations are to thrive and remain competitive in the new world of work.
Should Managers and Leaders be Separated?
I decided that in 2014 I want to do more videos. I have a Youtube channel but I haven’t really been using it. I’m hoping to a do a lot more videos talking about the future of work and collaboration starting with this one on managers and leaders. For some reason there’s a common assumption […]
Creating a Boundaryless Organization
The first and most important truth any leader must understand is that the human beings who work inside every kind of organization possess unlimited potential. They have the ability to solve any problem and the adaptability to respond to unforeseen circumstances. It may be the most overworked truism in the business world, but employees are […]
The Employee-Employer Contract Has Changed
I recently had a conversation with Thomas Friel who is the former CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm, they are the ones who got Eric Schmidt his job as the CEO of Google in 2004 and were at one point ranked by the WSJ as the top executive search firm in the […]