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4.0 out of 5 stars More freedom and need to customize our careers: helpful primer, November 22, 2011
This review is from: Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive In The New World Of Work (Hardcover)
Co-author Peter Thomson's quote really resonated with me and my work: "'We have this strange idea that once we reach the top of the mountain we have to jump off the edge instead of working ourselves down the hill again." The two authors are steeped in the knowledge of how the way we work is radically changing, in this project-oriented, connected and increasingly complex world. The show how more options can be a benefit, both to organizations and to individuals who want more control over when, where and how we get work done. They point out that "We'll see more networks of individuals contributing to a common goal, people coming in for projects and disappearing again." Covering how and where we work, individually and collectively, as Future Work does, seems to make it a natural companion to The Corporate Lattice and Mass Career CustomizationMass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace With Today's Nontraditional Workforce. Customization, the first book on how careers can be customized to meet the needs of a company and its employees. As organizations continue to flatten and encourage more bottom-up, collaborative operations, companies that want to keep employees engaged and optimized offer employees, a lattice career option in place of the traditional "climb the career ladder" approach. Employees co-create, with their managers, mutually beneficial next steps that take into account the company's needs and the employee's desires, factoring in lifestyle needs, lateral job moves to follow special interests and more. Such an approach fosters self-organizing and collaborative skills as well as accelerating learning and increasing employee loyalty. The co-authors of The Corporate LatticeThe Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance In the Changing World of Work Cathy Benko and Molly Anderson applied the research they found to where they work at Deloitte. It is rare that authors get to put their ideas into practice, and see measurable benefits. Following my deep interest in collaboration, I have enjoyed the benefits, myself, as a former journalist, following my interests, making a lateral move from a think tank within the organization over to working in Benko's new organization, Branding, Communications and Community. Some reader may, like me, be interested to related and converging trends including Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition of products, open innovationThe Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge (Harvard Business Review) and crowdsourcingCrowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business -- all of which offer more options for us as innovative, collaborativeCollaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results workers and as consumers. Sometimes having so many choices can be overwhelming, I know, and The Paradox of ChoiceThe Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less has been the most helpful book for me in making choices that feel right and moving on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Catalyst for Progressive Work Practices and their Extensive Benefits, January 27, 2012
This review is from: Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive In The New World Of Work (Hardcover)
What does it take to transform your workplace to grow the bottom line while enabling economic, individual and environmental health? Through insightful data, validating case studies, and clear guidance, Future Work helps leaders and organizations to reap wide-ranging benefits of progressive work practices which focus on results rather than on where, when or how work gets done. This includes enabling a more diverse group of people with different talents, perspectives and ways of working to thrive and contribute.

An important, compelling and influential book, Future Work enlightens the uninitiated while also supporting flexibility champions as they work to overcome resistance. Like Why Women Mean Business, also co-authored by Alison Maitland, Future Work leads us into the 21st Century through business initiatives that increase competitiveness and improve profit while benefiting the human race.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Future Work, December 8, 2011
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This review is from: Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive In The New World Of Work (Hardcover)
I am part way through Future Work and LOVE it! I have read dozens of books on this subject, and this one is the freshest, most well researched, and most comprehensive available. This is one of the few books on the subject of work-life integration that effectively explains and dissects the sociopolitical origins of the traditional workplace and the impact of technology and globalization on the nature of work. Perhaps most importantly, Maitland and Thomson have produced one of the only thoroughly researched works compellingly illustrating why tweaking existing ways of working (like flexwork or telecommuting) is unsuccessful in the 21st century workplace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pacy, well-researched and insightful, February 25, 2012
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This review is from: Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive In The New World Of Work (Hardcover)
Future Work is a book about the world of work in transition, and the need to embrace the future in order to succeed. And it's a book that is at the same time both visionary and level-headed, with insights into the nature of work backed up by wide-raging case study evidence.

Written primarily for managers, its starting point is that flexible working, as usually conceived, is not enough to make a difference. A more radical and a more business-focused approach is needed to take advantage of wider changes in technology and society.

This is a radical, challenging and thought-provoking book. It is written in a lively and interesting style that makes it as close to a 'page turner' as any management book can be.

It's also done it's homework, with up-to-date data and a wide-ranging selection of case studies from around the world.

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Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive In The New World Of Work by Alison Maitland (Hardcover - October 15, 2011)
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