I was deeply saddened to learn of Alvin Toffler’s passing earlier this week. He was not only a brilliant futurist, but a decent and caring human being. He and his wife and business partner Heidi Toffler essentially invented futurism, and they had a major impact on my own life and career.
I won’t attempt to write a full history of Toffler’s contributions to our world; that has already been done, and done far more eloquently than anything I could say. See this from the New York Times:
“Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock, dies at 87”
And this online note from his colleagues at Toffler Associates is also worth reading:
The Toffler Legacy
I still remember the first time I saw Future Shock in a bookstore (it was in 1971, though I have no idea where). If I recall correctly, it was the first mass market paperback ever published with multiple alternative covers (green, blue, and red) – a perfect demonstration of the “mass customization” of products that the Tofflers wrote about in that seminal book about global cultural change. [click to continue…]
Join me on Tuesday, April 26, at 1 PM Pacific as I describe many of the insights from the research that led to my new book, “Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age.”
Most organizations waste countless hours conducting meetings that are boring, unproductive, and a major source of employee dissatisfaction. As the economy moves from mass production to mass collaboration we must build a new leadership mindset – one that recognizes, respects, and values the insights and experiences of every meeting participant.
I will describe my proprietary “P4+” model of leadership, discuss why it produces meetings that are both productive and popular, and offer practical tips for engaging staff members in creative, constructive conversations.
If you want to explore these ideas to learn how smart leaders apply them in real-time, register for my free webinar “Redefining Leadership for the Digital Age.” I am holding it on Tuesday, April 26, at 1 PM Pacific time.
Register at this link, and even if you can’t attend live, and I’ll send you a free recording of the one-hour program.
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7124403613916859139
Webinar ID: 146-058-459
WorkTech is one of the best one-day opportunities you can find anywhere for learning the latest insights about the future of work and networking with fellow workplace futurists. And if you register at this link as a friend of The Future of Work…unlimited you will get a $100 discount off the registration fee.
Phillip Ross and his Unwired Ventures team always assemble a mind-bending and eye-opening program filled with success stories, thought leaders, and provocative insights. [click to continue…]
My forthcoming book, Making Meetings Matter, will be published in January by Indie Books International. We’re now in the process of editing the text and designing the layout. One of the most important steps in publishing a book is designing the front cover; that, after all, is what draws potential readers (like you) to pick up the book (or to investigate it further at Amazon.com and other online booksellers).
Since one of my premises, explored in detail in the book, is that in the digital age no one is smarter than everyone (thanks to Rod Collins for that beautiful way of expressing the power of collaboration), I want to ask your help as I select a book cover.
Which of these do you like? Why? Please click here to send me a quick email with your recommendation.
Cover #1: Cover #2 Cover #3
I would love to hear from you; which one do you like most, and why? Just click here and send me a brief note. And if you like the colors on one cover but the images on another, tell me that too. We can mix and match as much as we want to.
The results are in, and they are overwhelming. Over 90% of the people who have responded here or to emails about these cover choices expressed a strong preference for cover #1, on the left above.
The good news is that I personally picked that one right away. It has a sophisticated and “cool” look, and blue is the color of business (so my designer friends tell me).
So stay tuned – we’re still on track to have the book on the bookshelves (both real and virtual) in mid-January. You can count on me letting you know when the book becomes available!
Jim Ware was featured in a Business Innovators Radio interview by host Andrew Curry, published on September 22, 2015.
Our 17-minute conversation about flexible work, managing remote workers, and leading effective meetings is available at this link:
Business Innovators Radio – Interview with James Ware – Professional Speaker.
We welcome your comments, reactions, and further questions.