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The Organization Man is history. Taking his place is America’s new economic icon: the "free agent" the job-hopping, tech-savvy, fulfillment-seeking self-employed independent worker. Already 30 million strong, these new "dis-organization" men and women are transforming America in ways both profound and exhilarating.
In this landmark book, Daniel H. Pink offers the definitive account of this revolution in work. He shows who these free agents are from the marketing consultant down the street to the home-based mompreneur to the footloose technology contractor and why they've forged this new path. His entertaining and provocative account of the new frontier of work reveals how America's independent workers are shaking up all our institutions from politics to education to the family.
Are you ready for . . .
- The Peter-Out Principle Successor to the famous “Peter Principle,” this new rule decrees that when the fun peters out, the talented walk out.
- Unschooling Individual-centered learning like homeschooling and apprenticeships will threaten Ivy League colleges and end high school as we know it.
- Individual Public Offerings The upper echelon of free agents will issue these new “IPO’s,” or stock … in themselves.
- E-tirement When Americans reach age 65, more will enter this new stage of life. Working as full-time, part-time, and anytime free agents, they’ll be finding and executing work over the Internet.
- Just-in-time Politics This political version of just-in-time manufacturing that will challenge the present two-party system.
- The Feminine Century It’s here: many analysts estimate that by the year 2005, half of all businesses will be run by women.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.36(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.18(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
Read an Excerpt
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
Table of Contents
|Part 1||Welcome to Free Agent Nation|
|Chapter 1.||Bye, Bye, Organization Guy||9|
|Chapter 2.||How Many Are There? The Numbers and Nuances of Free Agency||27|
|Chapter 3.||How Did It Happen? The Four Ingredients of Free Agency||47|
|Part 2||The Free Agent Way|
|Chapter 4.||The New Work Ethic||59|
|Chapter 5.||The New Employment Contract||85|
|Chapter 6.||The New Time Clock||103|
|Part 3||How (and Why) Free Agency Works|
|Chapter 7.||Small Groups, Big Impact: Reinventing Togetherness in Free Agent Nation||123|
|Chapter 8.||Getting Horizontal: The Free Agent Org Chart and Operating System||143|
|Chapter 9.||The Free Agent Infrastructure||161|
|Chapter 10.||Matchmakers, Agents, and Coaches||171|
|Chapter 11.||Free Agent Families||183|
|Part 4||Free Agent Woes|
|Chapter 12.||Roadblocks on Free Agent Avenue: Health Insurance, Taxes, and Zoning||199|
|Chapter 13.||Temp Slaves, Permatemps, and the Rise of Self-Organized Labor||213|
|Part 5||The Free Agent Future|
|Chapter 14.||E-tirement: Free Agency and the New Old Age||233|
|Chapter 15.||School's Out: Free Agency and the Future of Education||317|
|Chapter 16.||Location, Location ... Vocation: Free Agency and the Future of Offices, Homes, and Real Estate||261|
|Chapter 17.||Putting the "I" in IPO: The Path Toward Free Agent Finance||271|
|Chapter 18.||A Chip Off the Old Voting Bloc: The New Politics of Free Agency||287|
|Chapter 19.||What's Left: Free Agency and the Future of Commerce, Careers, and Community||301|
|Appendix||Results of the Free Agent Nation Online Census||339|
What People are Saying About This
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, ivillage.com)
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, Chairman, AOL/Time Warner
Free Agent Nation is the shape of things to come in the Internet Century…
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.
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)
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)
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, CEO, Garage.com
The declaration of independence for the self-employed. Read this book if you want to understand and profit from the new self-reliance.
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.)
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)
Bo Peabody, co-founder and chairman of Village Ventures, Inc.
For baby boomers, it's the new corporate bible…
Virginia Postrel, columnist, New York Times and Forbes
Bound to be one of the decade's most important books…