Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourselfby Daniel H. Pink
Widely acclaimed for its engaging style and provocative perspective, this book has helped thousands transform their working lives. Now the paperback edition features a comprehensive 30-page resource guide that explains the basics of working for oneself. See more details below
Widely acclaimed for its engaging style and provocative perspective, this book has helped thousands transform their working lives. Now the paperback edition features a comprehensive 30-page resource guide that explains the basics of working for oneself.
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CHAPTER 1THE CRUX: In the second half of the twentieth century, the key to understanding America's social and economic life was the Organization Man. In the first half of the twentyfirst century, the new emblematic figure is the free agentthe independent worker who operates on his or her own terms, untethered to a large organization, serving multiple clients and customers instead of a single boss. The rise of free agency shatters many ironclad premises about work, life, and business in America from how companies should operate, to how we structure our health care, retirement, and education systems, to which values guide our lives. To truly understand the new economy, you must first understand the free agent.
THE FACTOID: The largest private employer in the U.S. is not Detroit's General Motors or Ford, or even Seattle's Microsoft or Amazon.com, but Milwaukee's Manpower Inc., a temp agency.
THE QUOTE: "This book is about the free agent. If the term is vague, it is because I can think of no other way to describe the people I am talking about. They are free from the bonds of a large institution, and agents of their own futures. They are the new archetypes of work in America."
THE WORD:Tailorism. The free agent's approach to work; descendant of Taylorism, Frederick Winslow Taylor's One Best Way method of mass production. Under Tailorism, free agents fashion their work lives to suit their own needs and desires instead of accepting the uniform values, rules, and structure of a traditional job. Opposite of the One Size Fits All ethic of the Organization Man era. (Synonym: My Size Fits Me).
Copyright (c) 2001 by Daniel H. Pink
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(Nancy Evans, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, ivillage.com)
Ought to be on the reading list of anybody who runs a business. It’s rare to encounter a smart book that is this fun or a fun book that is this smart.
Free Agent Nation is the shape of things to come in the Internet Century…
Will turn your notion of a "career" upside-down…might even set you free. It's the defining book on the untethered workforce.
(Seth Godin, author of Unleashing the Idea Virus)
(Alan Webber, founding editor, Fast Company magazine)
(Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence)
The declaration of independence for the self-employed. Read this book if you want to understand and profit from the new self-reliance.
(Thomas Petzinger, Jr., chairman LaunchCyte LLC, author of The New Pioneers, and former “Front Lines” columnist, Wall Street Journal.)
For baby boomers, it's the new corporate bible…
(Terri Lonier, author of Working Solo and founder of SOHO Summit)
Bound to be one of the decade's most important books…
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