The Shift: The Future of Work Is Already Here

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An unhysterical look at the future of employment.We are now facing a revolution in the way we work. A substantial schism in the past which is so great that the work we do will change – possibly so that in two decades our working lives will have been so REWORKED that they are unrecognisable.This is not just about the impact that a low carbon enonomy will have on the way we work. It is also about how the nexus of technology and globalisation will work together with demographic and societal changes to fundamentally ...

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Overview

An unhysterical look at the future of employment.We are now facing a revolution in the way we work. A substantial schism in the past which is so great that the work we do will change – possibly so that in two decades our working lives will have been so REWORKED that they are unrecognisable.This is not just about the impact that a low carbon enonomy will have on the way we work. It is also about how the nexus of technology and globalisation will work together with demographic and societal changes to fundamentally transform much of what we take for granted about work.Why will things change so quickly? What will these changes look like? Who will benefit and who will suffer? How do we navigate our career through these times? Lynda Gratton, Professor at London Business School, is the perfect person to answer these questions. For the past three years she has worked with companies around the world to draw up a picture of the Future of Work.In this book Professor Gratton looks at the forces which are changing how we work; explains the potential impact on our future working life; and gives us guidelines on how to thrive in a REWORKED world.

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‘A compendium of modern management and social science theories … the novelty of Gratton’s book is her synthesis of so many contemporary ideas about the changes to our working lives’ – FINANCIAL TIMES (book of the year)‘Uses historical context brilliantly to put the megatrends … into perspective … simply brilliant. Inspirational and provocative’ HR MAGAZINE‘Sensible, informative and wise’ – EASTERN DAILY PRESS‘This book helped me think about the future from a people perspective as no other book has’ – PEOPLE MANAGEMENT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007427956
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,231,253
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement. She has written six books and numerous academic articles and is considered one of the world's authorities on people in organizations.She has been ranked by The Times as one of the top 20 Business Thinkers in the world today and by The Financial Times selected her as the business thinker most likely to make a real difference over the next decade. She was also in the top two of the Human Resources Magazine's "HR Top 100: Most Influential" poll and actively advises companies across the world.In November 2010 in New York, Lynda was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

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Table of Contents

About the author ix

Preface: Tomorrow's work begins today 1

Introduction: Predicting the future of work 7

Part I The Forces that Will Shape Your Future 21

1 The five forces 23

Part II The Dark Side of the Default Future 51

2 Fragmentation: a three-minute world 55

3 Isolation: the genesis of loneliness 78

4 Exclusion: the new poor 105

Part III The Bright Side of the Crafted Future 135

5 Co-creation: the multiplication of impact and energy 139

6 Social engagement: the rise of empathy and balance 159

7 Micro-entrepreneurship: crafting creative lives 176

Part IV The Shift 195

8 The first shift: from shallow generalist to serial master 203

9 The second shift: from isolated competitor to innovative connector 256

10 The third shift: from voracious consumer to impassioned producer 286

Part V Notes on the Future 315

11 Notes to children, CEOs and governments 319

Bibliography 327

Learning more about The Shift 339

Acknowledgements 341

Notes 345

Index 367

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