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The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization Hardcover – August 25, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118877241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118877241
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Morgan has written a book to help you understand how the world of work is changing, why it's changing, and what you need to do about it.  The Future of Work inspires you to rethink how employees work, how managers lead, and how organizations are structured."
-Gary Hamel 

"Morgan's book offers a compelling look into the future -- how all of us will work, how many of us will lead, and how organizations themselves must transform in the face of these changes."
-Daniel H. Pink, NY Times best selling author of DRIVE and TO SELL IS HUMAN


"The Future of Work provides valuable insights that will help organizations seize opportunities in this rapidly changing landscape, transforming a possible vulnerability into a competitive strength." 
-John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG

To be future-ready, companies need to embrace a new type of culture that empowers employees to find innovative ways to drive impact. The Future of Work provides a helpful roadmap to engage the workforce of a new generation. 
-Brad Smith, President and CEO, Intuit


"Jacob Morgan cracks the code on the biggest mystery in the workplace: what it takes to build and sustain a new generation of loyal, engaged and inspired colleagues. It's impossible to read this book and not see the great risks of the status quo."
-Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP

"Jacob's book is invaluable for organizations striving to provide effective environments for tomorrow's workforce." 
-Stephen Hoover, CEO, PARC

"In a truly Global economy, with information available 24/7 and where the speed of everything is rapidly increasing .... Morgan does a great job of stimulating the reader to think how this will impact organizations, people and practices in the workplace."
-Jeff M. Fettig, Chairman & CEO Whirlpool Corporation

The world of work is changing and many organizations are struggling to adapt. In the Future of Work Jacob has outlined what organizations can do to remain relevant and competitive."
-Tony Hsieh, NY Times bestselling author of "Delivering Happiness" and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.


"In a connected world where behaviors are changing, organizations must rethink how work gets done. The Future of Work provides a structured framework and key principles to help organizations of today chart a path to success for tomorrow."
-Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO, Schneider Electric

"Jacob's book  shows  why and how the future of work work compels a commitment to create a new type of organization."
-Peter Guber, CEO Mandalay Entertainment Group, NY Times bestselling author of "Tell to Win," Owner of the Golden State Warriors and Co-Owner of the LA Dodgers

From the Inside Flap

By now, it’s old news that Millennials are entering the workforce in droves. It’s old news that mobile work is gaining speed, and it’s old news—even ancient news, by today’s standards—that employment and management is fundamentally changing. The problem is that many of us still don’t know what the future of work really looks like. Without a big-picture perspective on what the next few years hold for employees, managers, and organizations, how can we really understand how to adapt? We know we need to change and challenge convention but that’s like having an address without a map. Finally, Jacob Morgan has provided the map.

The Future of Work fills in the gaps in our understanding of what’s next for the workplace. This is not a distant-future perspective, but rather focuses on the near term, clearing the fog for employers and employees alike. With new technologies at our disposal and the light-speed pace of communications, we can expect things to change very rapidly. Keeping up with and taking control of those changes depends on an understanding of why work, as we know it, is fundamentally dead and where work is going next.

What is work? What is an employee? What is leadership? You may not be asking these questions, but you can be sure that the future employee is. There is no doubt that changes are occurring. The Future of Work explains what those changes will look like and how businesses can adapt and succeed in this new landscape. The author, a thought leader in the strategic management space, demonstrates how you and your organization can thrive without working 9–5 in a cubicle, without out-dated management approaches, and without treating employees like cogs.

The companies that have a future are the ones that focus on what the future will bring. This book pushes the boundaries of how we think about work and opens our minds to new possibilities and new ways of doing business. Readers may also request to join the FOWCommunity.com, an invite only membership community for sharing advice and best practices with other companies around the world who are looking to meet the challenges of the new, open, collaborative future. Read The Future of Work to learn what a 21st century workplace looks like, what it means to you, and what you have to do about it.


More About the Author

When Jacob graduated college with honors and a double major, he thought the world was his oyster. At his first job he was promised an exciting opportunity to work on interesting projects and travel the U.S., instead he was stuck doing data entry and creating power-point presentations while commuting 1.5 hours each way. The day the CEO asked him to get coffee was the day he knew he had to get out of there. Since then, Jacob has been fascinated with how the world of work is changing and has been studying it ever since. Jacob went off on his shortly after that experience and hasn't worked for anyone else ever since.

Today, Jacob Morgan is principal at Chess Media Group, a management consulting and strategic advisory firm on the future of work and collaboration. Morgan is a globally recognized thought leader on the future of work and how collaborative technologies are impacting the way work gets done. Jacob's new book, "The Future of Work," (Wiley Sept. 2014) explores how employees of the future will work, how managers of the future will lead, and how organizations of the future will be structured. His previous book, "The Collaborative Organization," (McGraw Hill 2012) became an Amazon best-seller and is the first and only comprehensive strategy guide on how organizations can successfully deploy collaboration technologies to solve internal business problems.

Jacob's books have been endorsed by global leaders such as the chief information officer of the United States of America, CEO and founder of Craigslist, CEO of SAP, Gary Hamel, President of Whirlpool International, CEO of Unisys, CEO of Zappos, CEO of Schneider Electric, Chair of the MIT Sloan Management Review, and dozens of others.

Jacob authors the widely read blog, TheFutureOrganization.com and also has a regular column for Forbes. He speaks at conferences around the world and has been featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, CNN, Inc Magazine, and many others.

He is also launching a membership community dedicated to the future of work and collaboration at: FOWCommunity.com


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Purchaser on September 15, 2014
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As the Controller of an Executive Suite company, our industry defines the shared office space concept which Jacob's idea of "coworking" reflects. His book is not just thoretical but pragmatic considering the evolution of the company as well as the employee. He provides the framework to adapt to the Future of Work.
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How refreshing to hear a younger view on the rapidly changing workplace when typically older views, from those molded by the old structure, carry the day. Jacob Morgan speaks with the authenticity of the millennial, though he’s a bit older, I suspect, and his insights should gain more and more traction as Millennials stamp their thinking and desires on an economy so long defined by boomer whims.

Morgan begins with the obvious: that business needs to change, and everyone knows as much, but that alone is like having an address without a map. He maps the organizations thriving without the 9-5 cubicles, without command-and-control strictures, without chewing up employees and instead treating employees like the essential golden partners they are.

It’s the new, open, collaborative future in which the best businesses are creating environments where “teams dynamically assemble.” And it is a “future of work that will either happen to us, or because of us” with the term “late adopter” being synonymous with “out of business.” Which is why Morgan’s book should be on night tables of the Free-Agent-Nationistas and the Fredrick-Taylor-Rocks crowd as well.

I wish Morgan had spent more time on the artificial-intelligence and adaptive-learning systems gaining traction in the better companies, since as he did say, technology is the central nervous system of tomorrow’s organizations.

He ran through the usual nods to AI-driven supercomputers besting Jeopardy champions, diagnosing patients, answering customer service inquiries, and processing legal documents.
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As a company owner, and student of all things enterprise communication and collaboration, I found Jacob's book refreshing, insightful and practical. There are many people writing about "what the future of work will look like" and while these prognostications are both interesting and necessary, they do not (imo) provide the guidance needed to effectively think about and take action in preparation for these changes. Jacob's book provides a framework for thinking through how the future of work may impact your business and what you can do now to proactively take advantage of these changes. I view this as a must read, and apparently, I am not alone -- the endorsements for this book (on the first few pages) are pretty amazing. Enjoy!
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By Michael Landau on September 13, 2014
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The author uses various metaphors involving chess, sports and lots of examples to make his points clear, understandable and easy to read. As his ideas and concepts would stir a question in my mind, he seemed suddenly to know what I was thinking and answered it. When I was reading about Mr. Morgan's suggestions regarding future employees and their relationships to a possibly new organizational structure, I thought of my old legacy company. If they would have followed the author's concepts, then my suggestions and other employees ideas would have made the company millions and we all would still be working there.
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Great overview of all trends in the workplace. Good research and lots of examples.
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