Throughout the history of business employees had to adapt tomanagers and managers had to adapt to organizations. In the futurethis is reversed with managers and organizations adapting toemployees. This means that in order to succeed and thriveorganizations must rethink and challenge everything they know aboutwork.
The demographics of employees are changing and so are employeeexpectations, values, attitudes, and styles of working. Conventional management models must be replaced withleadership approaches adapted to the future employee. Organizationsmust also rethink their traditional structure, how they empoweremployees, and what they need to do to remain competitive in arapidly changing world.
This is a book about how employees of the future will work, howmanagers will lead, and what organizations of the future will looklike.
The Future of Work will help you:
- Stay ahead of the competition
- Create better leaders
- Tap into the freelancer economy
- Attract and retain top talent
- Rethink management
- Structure effective teams
- Embrace flexible work environments
- Adapt to the changing workforce
- Build the organization of the future
- And more
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About the Author
Jacob Morgan is a futurist and globally recognizedthought leader on the future of work and collaboration. He is theprincipal and co-founder of Chess Media Group, a managementconsulting and strategic advisory firm that focuses on the futureof work and collaboration. Jacob has worked with companies such asSafeway, Sodexo, Siemens, Lowe’s Home Improvement, FranklinTempleton Investments, and many others. Jacob is frequently citedin media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN,Fast Company, Inc Magazine, and others. He is the author of thebest-selling, The Collaborative Organization, and has a column forForbes. Jacob speaks at conferences and events around the world. Towork with Jacob or inquire about speaking engagements you can emailJacob directly; Jacob@ChessMediaGroup.com or connect with Jacob onTwitter @JacobM. Learn more about Jacob by visitingTheFutureOrganization.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Rethinking Chess and Work xi
1 The Five Trends Shaping the World of Work 1
2 The Cog: Today’s Employee 21
3 Seven Principles of the Future Employee 31
4 The Freelancer Economy 69
5 The Zookeeper: Today’s Manager 77
6 Ten Principles of the Future Manager 91
7 The Managerless Company 119
8 The Organization of Today 137
9 Fourteen Principles of the Future Organization 145
10 Technology as the Central Nervous System 193
11 The Six-Step Process for Adapting to the Future of Work: Howto Become the Future Organization (and Stay That Way!) 203
12 Rethinking Work 213
The FOW Community (dedicated to the future of work andcollaboration) 223
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In his very forward thinking and moving book, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization by Jacob Morgan, explains what the future of work seems to be trending to through his research. Morgan starts the book off by discussing what future employees might look like and how that will work in the work place. Next, he discusses what future business leaders might look like and how they can change the leadership of their companies. Lastly, Morgan discusses what structures businesses might consider evolving to in order to best meet the needs of future employees, business leaders, and customers. While there are examples of companies employing these technologies and having better success at business as well as happier customers and employees, this might be a little hard for people to wrap their mind around as I haven’t seen much movement towards what the author discusses. However, I love the ideas the author has researched and shared and sincerely hope that business does evolve to the structures that are discussed in this book. I thought the book was well laid out and built up properly in starting with the employee and moving up the ladder to the changing structure of the organization. It felt like a natural progression and was smooth. The writing is backed up with a lot of research sources that are noted in the ends of the chapters with links to some of the articles in the book. The strong research component of this book helps to solidify the author’s theories and give creditability to them. Additionally, the companies he used for examples throughout the book were helpful and tied in nicely to the information that was provided. The beginnings of many of the chapters have an outline that lists some specifics of the topic the author is going to discuss in that chapter, and he is then able to follow that outline through the chapter with easy to follow subheadings that make this an easy book to use as a reference as well. There are also some graphics that help bring visualization to the structures he outlines in the chapters. Additionally, the book seems well edited and includes an index. I honestly can’t find anything negative to say about this book other than it feels like a fairy tale at times. I hope the research the author presented really is utilized and the future of work does make this paradigm shift. I think it would be beneficial for everyone and the companies they work for. In my state there is hardly any full time positions left; people often work up to three jobs with no health benefits, no health insurance, and I have had friends tell me companies would only offer them up to ten hours of work a week but they had to be available at all times. It feels so far away from the amazingness of this book, but I hope it does become a reality. It seems some bigger companies are following the research that is in this book and have made these changes with success so I can only hope other companies will follow their example. Anyone that has a job should read this book; especially if you are in the management or the owner of a company. I’ve always felt employees weren’t able to thrive in their work environment and make suggestions because of the structure of the company and it is rather heartbreaking. I think if more companies followed this line of research we would see happier employees as well as higher achieving companies.
I Don't Want A Box To Think Outside Of! I just finished reading a good book titled "The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization" is written by Jacob Morgan. This informative book takes a unique and very different approach to the predictable and mundane subject of work, the "other" bad four letter word. From the beginning to the end the author describes employees, managers, organizations, and technology in their stereotypical and archaic form. Which we can all relate to. Then, a modern philosophical format is introduced and a long overdue change in thinking and application. Most current business and work practices are nonproductive and antiquated. Which this book reveals, with its wealth of research. I really appreciate the practical and real-life applications that the author presents along with examples of a new and positive perception of work. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of businesses and corporations that have adopted these "out of the box" thinking philosophies. I enjoyed this relevant and highly informative peek into the future of work and the many positive and productive ideas that are relatively easy to apply. I would recommend this book to all employees and businesses who possess an open mind and are ready to embrace positive change. I must mention that The Future of Work's cover eloquently expresses the content within and that I appreciate the diligent proofing and editing of this book and its massive resources and information.