Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself

Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself

by Daniel H. Pink


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ISBN-13: 9780446678797
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 400,107
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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 twenty—first century, the new emblematic figure is the free agent—the 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, 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

Table of Contents

Part 1Welcome to Free Agent Nation
Chapter 1.Bye, Bye, Organization Guy9
Chapter 2.How Many Are There? The Numbers and Nuances of Free Agency27
Chapter 3.How Did It Happen? The Four Ingredients of Free Agency47
Part 2The Free Agent Way
Chapter 4.The New Work Ethic59
Chapter 5.The New Employment Contract85
Chapter 6.The New Time Clock103
Part 3How (and Why) Free Agency Works
Chapter 7.Small Groups, Big Impact: Reinventing Togetherness in Free Agent Nation123
Chapter 8.Getting Horizontal: The Free Agent Org Chart and Operating System143
Chapter 9.The Free Agent Infrastructure161
Chapter 10.Matchmakers, Agents, and Coaches171
Chapter 11.Free Agent Families183
Part 4Free Agent Woes
Chapter 12.Roadblocks on Free Agent Avenue: Health Insurance, Taxes, and Zoning199
Chapter 13.Temp Slaves, Permatemps, and the Rise of Self-Organized Labor213
Part 5The Free Agent Future
Chapter 14.E-tirement: Free Agency and the New Old Age233
Chapter 15.School's Out: Free Agency and the Future of Education243
Chapter 16.Location, Location ... Vocation: Free Agency and the Future of Offices, Homes, and Real Estate261
Chapter 17.Putting the "I" in IPO: The Path Toward Free Agent Finance271
Chapter 18.A Chip Off the Old Voting Bloc: The New Politics of Free Agency287
Chapter 19.What's Left: Free Agency and the Future of Commerce, Careers, and Community301
The Official Free Agent Nation Resource Guide315
AppendixResults of the Free Agent Nation Online Census369

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Nancy Evans

Pink does a great job of understanding what inspires these individuals to strike out on their own…
— (Nancy Evans, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief,

Paul Orfalea

Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's
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.

Stephen M. Case

Stephen M. Case, Chairman, AOL/Time Warner
Free Agent Nation is the shape of things to come in the Internet Century…

Scott Adams

Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist
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

The most important book on the death of the large economy I've seen . . . Listen to Pink or lose out!
— (Seth Godin, author of Unleashing the Idea Virus)

Alan Webber

A brilliant book…the literary skill of a masterful prose stylist and the irreverent wit of a stand-up comic…a must read…and instant classic.
— (Alan Webber, founding editor, Fast Company magazine)

Tom Peters

the book is as beautifully written as it is profoundly prophetic. Its so original and comprehensive, I grew exhausted from underlining.
— (Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence)

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki, CEO,
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.

Will change how you see the world and live your life . . . Nobody gets the new economy like Daniel Pink.
— (Thomas Petzinger, Jr., chairman LaunchCyte LLC, author of The New Pioneers, and former “Front Lines” columnist, Wall Street Journal.)

Bo Peabody

Bo Peabody, co-founder and chairman of Village Ventures, Inc.
For baby boomers, it's the new corporate bible…

Terri Lonier

fast-paced, fun, and intellectually liberating. If you want a map of the future landscape…read this book.
— (Terri Lonier, author of Working Solo and founder of SOHO Summit)

Virginia Postrel

Virginia Postrel, columnist, New York Times and Forbes
Bound to be one of the decade's most important books…

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