Jim Ware and The Future of Work…unlimited in the Press

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I’m very pleased that Diane Coles Levine, MCR, a member of the board of directors at IFMA, has just published an interview (really an extended conversation) with me about my most recent book, Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age.

The interview appeared in FMLink, where Diane is a regular columnist. Here’s the link to the article/interview:

Driving Impactful Workplace Strategy Conversations

Thanks Diane!


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covermeetingI was recently interviewed about Making Meetings Matter by Dr. Jac Fitz-Enz (“Interviewing Jim Ware”). In the course of our conversation he asked me why I had moved from my long-term focus on the future of work to something as “mundane” as corporate meetings.

Dr. Jac’s question caught me a bit off guard, but it made me think. Here’s his question and my response:

Dr. Jac:

Jim what took you from the lofty heights of futuring to the more mundane issues around meetings? There’s no question that we all suffer from meetingitis, but what drew you to it?

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David Coleman, the founder and executive director of Collaborative Strategies, Inc., has just published a highly complimentary review of Making Meetings Matter on CMSWire.

Here is a brief excerpt:

Collaboration and telecommunications company Fuze correlated data that shows “15 percent of an organization’s time is spent in meeting.” A Bain report echoed these findings. On average, 11 million meetings took place in the US every day in 2015.

Another study calculates that $37 billion is lost due to unproductive meetings every year. Our estimate, based on the 7 billion meetings in 2014, was that $70 billion was wasted in unproductive meeting time.

No wonder that bookshelves are packed with books trying to tell you how to make those meetings more productive, what tools to use, even proper etiquette. But they all fail to look at changing the “meeting mindset.”

That’s where James Ware’s “Making Meetings Matter, How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age” comes in.

David’s article is really much more than a review of the book; it’s a thoughtful treatise on the central role that meetings play in 21st-century organizational life, and how important it is for leaders to be much more thoughtful about how they design and conduct the meetings that fill so many peoples’ days at work.

Check it out for yourself at:

“Are You Sure You Want to Schedule Another Meeting?

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Making Meetings Matter: cover[Note: This article is a brief excerpt from Chapter Two of my new book, Making Meetings Matter: How Smart Leaders Orchestrate Powerful Conversations in the Digital Age (link is to the book’s page on Amazon.com).]

There don’t seem to be any definitive statistics about how many meetings are held every day, but the estimates I have seen (and recalculated for myself) suggest that there are somewhere between eleven and twenty-four million corporate meetings a day in the United States alone. Even though that is a wide range, I am confident that there at least four billion meetings a year here in the U.S.!

However, as I am fond of saying, no one I know is dying for that next meeting to start. [click to continue…]

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Biz_Innovators_LogoJim 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.

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My latest article on collaborative leadership, “Strength in Numbers: Growing Power by Sharing It,” was just published by The Huffington Post. It has received very positive reviews from a number of people whose judgment I deeply respect.

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1502171419101371-social-hire-logo_ecI was recently interviewed by Social-Hire as part of their Expert Interview program. It was a wide-ranging conversation about the changing nature of the workforce, the need for a radically new kind of organizational leadership, and how to attract and retain talent in this age of networked knowledge that we’ve created.

Here is a brief excerpt that reflects my perspective on why so many of us are frustrated and discouraged about our work experiences: [click to continue…]

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huffpo    That’s the title of my article that was just published on Huffington Post – my first submission and first acceptance.

I’m very proud of that accomplishment, but what matters is that you read my analysis of why management is so broken, and what we should be doing to replace it.

Here’s the link to the post: Don’t Fix Management; Replace It.

Please read it, and then comment there, or comment here – but don’t just read it and forget it. Act on it!

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WGN Radio logoOn Tuesday evening, February 26, 2013, Jim Ware was invited to speak with talk radio host Turi Ryder (WGN 720 radio in Chicago, Illinois) to discuss his perspectives on the mandate issued by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, that all Yahoo! employees would be required to come into the corporate offices every day rather than working from home.

That edict has clearly been highly controversial; it has generated an unusual, and unexpected, amount of press commentary.

Jim’s interview with Ms. Ryder is available online at this link:

The Perks and Catches of Working Remotely

Additional commentary, and a selection of links to other blogs and mainstream media coverage of this debate, are available on the Future of Work…unlimited blog, at this link:

Does Yahoo! now stand for bureaucratic dinosaur?

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Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 8.39.21 AMOrganizations today have an unprecedented ability to capture data about both their facilities and their workforce’s activities. However, while FM professionals hear a great deal about smart buildings and how Big Data supports facilities management, there seems to be far less attention being paid to smart behaviors and almost nothing to smart management.

There is plenty of buzz about Big Data, but the reality is that Big Data is nothing without Big Judgment.  IFMA and Sodexo collaborated with The Future of Work…unlimited to sponsor and host a Future of Work Executive Roundtable on the challenges and opportunities surrounding these questions at IFMA’s Facility Fusion 2015 conference in Orlando in April, 2015.

This white paper summarizes that conversation.

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