I’ve spent a lot of time the last few years investigating the future of work and doing my best to interpret it for you – especially the “So What?” questions that breakthroughs inevitably produce.
But I have also pointed out on many occasions that, obviously, the future doesn’t exist – yet.
We, together, create the future, one day, or one moment, at a time. The actions we take, the assumptions we hold, and the expectations we create about Tomorrow all add up to new experiences that become The Present and then The Past.
I like to talk about “premembering” the future in the sense that the more we can anticipate what might happen, the better prepared we can be for whatever does happen. Besides “So What?” the most important question we can ask is “What if?”
I’ve also been fascinated for years about “the wisdom of the crowd” and the power of crowdsourcing. In other words, collectively we know more than any of us individually. That’s why collaboration is so important today, why we hear so much talk about inclusiveness and diversity, and why the most critical skill of all may be listening – in order to understand what others know and expect, and to build synergy through the combination of many different but complementary insights.
In the digital age, nobody is smarter than everybody.
All of this is my way of setting the stage for four questions I’m asking everyone I know these days – and that includes you:
- What aspects of the future of work are you most excited about?
- What are you most uneasy about?
- What technology do you think will have the biggest impact on the way we work and live in the next five to ten years?
- If you could change one thing about the way you work right now, what would it be?
Over the next several months I will be holding a series of in-depth conversations with thought leaders and practitioners about questions like these. And of course I’ll be sharing those conversations here and in other publications as well.
Please help me get started by taking a few minutes right now to respond to those questions in the Comments below. And if you’d be open to a telephone or Skype interview with me (20-30 minutes max), please let me know (contact me via the website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get a conversation scheduled.
But even if you’re not interested in being interviewed, please take a few minutes right now to share your initial thoughts about those four questions. At the very least you can help me improve my questions.
All I want to do is help the world create a future of work that works. Let’s talk about how to make that happen.
Call me today (+1 510.558.1434) for a free exploratory conversation about how you can enable your entire organization to take charge of its future. I’d love to explore with you how the ideas in these two books could inform your strategic planning and achieve breakthrough innovation results.
Don’t face the future alone. Jim Ware is a workplace futurist, author, and consultant who has invested his entire career equipping organizations to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Contact Jim today to learn how his workshops, keynote presentations, and advisory insights can put the future to work for you.