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The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here Paperback – International Edition, May 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Business (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007427956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007427956
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A compendium of modern management and social science theories … the novelty of Gratton’s book is her synthesis of so many contemporary ideas about the changes to our working lives’ – FINANCIAL TIMES (book of the year)

‘Uses historical context brilliantly to put the megatrends … into perspective … simply brilliant. Inspirational and provocative’ HR MAGAZINE

‘Sensible, informative and wise’ – EASTERN DAILY PRESS

‘This book helped me think about the future from a people perspective as no other book has’ – PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

About the Author

Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement. She has written six books and numerous academic articles and is considered one of the world's authorities on people in organizations.

She has been ranked by The Times as one of the top 20 Business Thinkers in the world today and by The Financial Times selected her as the business thinker most likely to make a real difference over the next decade. She was also in the top two of the Human Resources Magazine's "HR Top 100: Most Influential" poll and actively advises companies across the world.

In November 2010 in New York, Lynda was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nenevinay on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
My experience tells me that is hard to figure out history in business. And here comes a work that vividly portrays future! I am amazed that there are organizations out there which forecast their businesses to 2050...let me get this right, we are still in 2011. Through her research and simple presentation, Lynda grabs the attention of audience (did I say audience instead of readers) in describing the details of how the future might be. Her points on serial mastery have struck a chord with my personal life preferences, and am already seeing a few around me who think they might go through some such thing. But our discussions have been really vague until we read this word, 'serial mastery'. I do not know if I am happy that there is a word to what we were discussing, or that it is actually what everyone seems to (might) prefer in the future.

There are two things this book did to me. First, it made me write a review and send it a journal for publication. Second, it changed the way I look at the businesses today. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in studying entrepreneurship, human resources management, general management, and all others who are just enthused to learn how it might be to time travel to see future sitting in present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Augusto López Plascencia on April 5, 2013
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An interesting read. As with all books dealing with futurology, Gratton's predictions have to be taken with a grain of salt - but then again, she's the first one to advise that. All in all, the reading of this book has truly helped me have a clearer understanding of the forces that are shaping our future right now. A must for any professional.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fab on June 19, 2013
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The author starts from the following assumptions:

1) The Western political class will always be inept because it is only interested in re-election in the short term.

2) The world of finance will always cause the good and the bad weather because she thinks that the financial crisis will be even more pronounced and even the salaries of managers of large corporations are likely to rise disproportionately.

3) Water, Energy and Earth will be increasingly limited resources because world population is expected to increase more and more.

4) Knowledge world becomes increasingly digital, so there will be more and more knowledge workers who carry out their work from home thanks to the rapid expansion of digital technologies and also because since human moves will become increasingly expensive because of soaring energy prices and then this kind of career choice will become a must.

Hence, she comes to the conclusion that only those who have advanced expertise (intellectual type) will be able to have really interesting jobs, more than decently paid and in so doing they will be also able to have a private life quality.

On point 1) it must be said that since Lynda Gratton teaches at the London Business School (that builds people who will work for large and medium-sized private corporations) she completely ignores the fact that if politics was not funded by private sectors, it wouldn't have any conflict of interest and thus it may operate on a much broader time perspective of the short term!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Salinas (rsalinass@hotmail.com) on March 9, 2013
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I bought this book and did not know what to expect from it, but for sure not an exact prediction. I found it tries to classify factors in some way that will help each of us to make a prediction. I liked the format and thought it was usefull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coach Brock on June 11, 2012
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This book is a good review of great work by several sociologists that have focused on this area, making those research materials accessible for university students in the UK.
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