Category: Future of Work

Radio Shack Store Closures: It’s Time For People Make Things Again

  Radio Shack (NYSE: RSH) is closing 1,100 stores, in large part, because it’s business has become a commodity. It is a classic case of a strategic misstep and short-sightedness. In 2000 Radio Shack abandoned its heritage name, Tandy, consolidating around the Radio Shack brand. They did this primarily because they had become a neighborhood.

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17 Uncertainties that will Define (or Redefine) Your 2014

Download the entire paper here. 1. Workforce Dynamics Key Dynamic: Will the workforce effectively integrate, or will generational issues result in bifurcation? What skill gaps and needs for knowledge will emerge as each generation seeks to define its future? 2. Globalization Key Dynamic: Will the global economy march to ever more ubiquity, or will it.

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It’s Time to STOP Talking About Company Culture

It’s Time to STOP Talking About Company Culture From my November 2013 Newsletter: Over the last month, I keynoted the Chief Learning Officer Symposium and KMWorld. At both conferences, many speakers talked about the need to evolve, shift or otherwise change company culture. In some cases, the shift was to support collaboration, in others knowledge.

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Ten Ways to Reduce Interruptions at Work

  Many people working in offices, even factory floors, complain about interruptions. To a great degree, interruptions are things you accept. You may feel like they are push upon you, and sometimes they, are, but for the most part, they are things we do to ourselves out of boredom, frustration or lack of engagement. These.

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Malcolm Gladwell, 10,000 hours and Genius at Work

Malcolm Gladwell and the New Yorker Conference Back in 2007, I had the pleasure of attending the New Yorker Conference, “2012: Stories From the Near Future,” which took place on May 6 and 7, 2007 in New York City.  A few days later I found time to cover my reflections on Malcolm Gladwell’s presentation. The presentation.

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‘How to Make BYOD Work’ now available at Chief Learning Officer Magazine

  Employees increasingly expect to use their personal devices at work. To meet this demand and protect proprietary information, companies have to ensure IT departments can support a BYOD infrastructure. Read the entire post at Chief Learning Officer Magazine:  How to Make BYOD Work  

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‘The Future of Work and the Millennial Takeover [Infographic]’ by GraphicDesignNYC

Enjoy this well constructed view of the Millennials massing at the gates of the future… This makes certain things about the Millennials seem, well, certain, but just because we can count them, and we know them as children and young people, doesn’t mean we know either how they will really change the workplace, or how.

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The Future of the Book

During a recent workshop at the Computers in Libraries conference, the workshop members and sketched out some ideas. I have incorporated those ideas into this image. What are we missing?  What pieces will come first? What are we out of our mind about?

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Planet Money: 4.2 Million Americans Were Hired In January (And 4.1 Million Quit Or Got Fired)

Interesting Planet Money background conversation on the current labor market.  Worth a listen. I think they misinterpret the “quit” data, pointing to construction as an example of solid labor confidence because so many people quit in the current period, vs. manufacturing or government where quits were almost non-existent.  My take is that construction labor often.

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Why Near Term Business “Trend” Forecasts Shouldn’t Be Trusted

I received a trend notification today of “5 things that will change in the workforce in 2013.” (I will leave the name of the publication out.) One of those items was:  the end of annual reviews. If this was a decade long forecast, the end of annual reviews would represent a good, controversial, thought-provoking item.

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