Events

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

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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.

Thanks!

Update:

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!

 

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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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Earlier today I did my first live Periscope video broadcast. It was a reprise of a newsletter/blog post I wrote in early August (“Why are There So Many Bad Meetings?“).

Here is an unedited replay of the 10-minute Scope video:

I intend to produce simple, short video messages like this on a regular basis. In fact, right now my next Scope is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, at 8:30 AM Pacific time. I hope you will join me! Download the Periscope app to follow me there (@thefutureofwork) and follow me on Twitter for tweets when I go live.

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This past Saturday my local chapter of the National Speakers Association (Northern California) was graced with the presence and wisdom of two incredible women – Karen Jacobsen and Jessica Pettitt. Their presentations, while very different, both offered powerful life lessons that struck close to home for me.

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My first selfie ( Karen’s on the right)

Today I will focus on Karen Jacobsen’s message; next week I’ll share some equally important insights from Jessica Pettitt.

Karen is an amazingly talented singer, performer, and keynote speaker. Her claim to fame is that the she is the iPhone’s Siri in Australia; her voice is on more than 100 million smartphones and over 300 million GPS units worldwide.

She calls herself “The GPS Girl,” but Karen’s deep passion is helping people “recalculate” their lives and their personal journeys – a far higher calling than helping you find directions for getting to that quaint little Italian restaurant across town. [click to continue…]

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Upcoming Events

February 14, 2015

We are entering the spring conference season; I’ll be attending and presenting at several important conferences during March and April:

The Future of Work 2015 (at the Ballagio in Las Vegas) March 3-4

“Leading Change: Putting Good Ideas into Practice, in Theory and at Zappos” (March 4, 9:45 – 10:30 AM)

My presentation partner for this session is John Bunch, Technical Advisor to the CEO and Lead Link for Holacracy Implementation at Zappos.com

Special Deal: If you register for the Conference using this link, you can get a special $150 discount off the registration fee!

Facility Fusion (IFMA, Vancouver, Canada, at the Sheraton Wall Centre) March 9-11

I will be contributing the Workplace Evolutionaries Master Class on Monday, March 9, and I will be leading a World Café on Wednesday afternoon, March 11. The World Café will be a highly interactive working session called “A Conversation about Conversations at Work.”

Register for Facility Fusion Canada at this link.

Facility Fusion (IFMA, Orlando, Florida, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel) April 20-23

At this conference I will be partnering with Diane Coles Levine of Workplace Management Solutions and Sherry McNutt to present a working session on “The Place Just Right” – the role of the workplace in attracting and retaining talent. We are developing a new workplace/workforce survey that will be distributed to several thousand members of IFMA and IAMC this spring to help us understand and document how workplaces and workplace policies impact recruiting and talent retention in organizations around the world.

Register for Facility Fusion Orlando at this link

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Mobile Workforce Survey 2012

We delighted to announce that we have launched a new Mobile Workforce Survey to explore in depth how and where people are getting their work done in 2012. This survey is a collaborative effort between The Future of Work…unlimited and Novacrea, a talent management consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The survey takes just 10 minutes to complete. Click on this link and do it right now:

http://www.cvent.com/d/rcqqty

We’d love your participation. And we’ll be happy to send a free Executive Summary of the survey results to everyone who completes the survey.


IFMA Research Summit

If you go to one more conference in 2012, make it this one. The IFMA Foundation is sponsoring a two-day “Workplace Strategy Summit 2012: Research in Action” conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, on September 7 and 8.

Attendance will be limited to 150 practitioners and thought leaders from around the world. The goal of the Summit is to define the workplace/facilities research agenda for the next five years. You will kick yourself for all five of those years if you miss this event.

The Summit keynote address will be delivered by Frank Duffy, founder and director of the architectural firm DEGW. Other notable presenters include Cornell University Professor Frank Becker, researcher Susan Stucky of IBM, Professor Alexi Marmot of London Business College, Philip Ross of Unwired Ventures (and the Worktech conferences), and Noborro Konno of KIRO (Knowledge Innovation and Research Office) in Japan.

The Summit proceedings will be documented in a book to be published by the IFMA Foundation. You can read more about the Summit, view the agenda, and register to attend at:

http://www.ifmafoundation.org/summit

I’ll be there; I hope you will be too.

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Raising the Bar

As you may know, Jim Ware, in addition to his leadership of The Future of Work….unlimited, is also a co-founder of Occupiers Journal Limited (OJL). He serves as Global Research Director for OJL.

And OJL recently announced its first 2012 research project, “Raising the Bar: Enhancing the Strategic Role of Facilities Management.”

Most importantly, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, (RICS) is sponsoring the study. The final report will be published in mid-October.

There will also be a panel discussion focused on the research at World Workplace 2012 featuring the OJL report authors, two facilities management executives, and a representative of RICS:

  • Marcus Bowen, OJL
  • Paul Carder, OJL
  • Diane Coles, MCR, SCAN Health Plan
  • Rich Etheredge, JDSU
  • Gary Evans, RICS
  • Jim Ware, PhD, OJL

The panel convenes at 11:45 AM on Friday, November 2. You will want to be there; all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the RICS report.

The study addresses the following kinds of questions:

  • How is facilities management currently organized and governed?
  • What are the most common organizational structures and reporting relationships?
  • How well are FM and workplace strategies aligned with the business, with financial strategies, with CRE, and with functional peers?
  • How is the FM function measured and managed?
  • What issues and challenges are FM managers facing in 2012?

You can read more about the study here:

http://occupiersjournal.com/the-grid-program/#rtb

Talking About Tomorrow

We have long wanted to engage more directly with smart practitioners and independent experts, as we all drive in parallel towards the future of work. Now we have found a way.

We took a first step towards creating an active community of workplace/workforce futurists last February, when twenty very smart people joined me for a one-hour free-wheeling conversation about the future of work.

Our subsequent calls have been equally engaging, and we now have a LinkedIn discussion group limited to “alumni” of these calls. Participant feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, so we will continue to host these calls, about once a month, for the foreseeable future.

The conversations are limited to no more than fifteen people who have registered in advance to ensure that they become active, meaningful conversations rather than one-way “pontifications.”

However there is still room for new participants on September 20, the next scheduled conversation (we are taking some time off in July and August).

To sign up for the September 20 conversation, just send an email directly to Jim. Please tell us your company name and position (to help us know who you are). We will then reply with a call-in number and related information. We look forward to exploring the future together!

And please follow us on Twitter for more current updates on the future of work and our future plans:

http://www.twitter.com/thefutureofwork and http://www.twitter.com/jpwoccupiers.

You can always check on our travels and conference participation via our online calendar of events, on the website (https://thefutureofwork.net), in the right-hand column.

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If not, you’re going to regret it!

Cornell

Where else could you spend two days at Cornell University (my own alma mater) in beautiful upstate New York in the fall (best time of the year there, by far), in conversation with 150 really smart people who together are going to define the workplace of the future?

Although the Summit is open to all, space is limited, so now is the time to register for a chance to learn from experts like:

  • DEGW Founder and pioneer Frank Duffy;
  • Professor Frank Becker of Cornell;
  • MIT Professor Michael Joroff;
  • Professor Alexi Marmot of University College, London;
  • Philip Ross of Unwired Ventures and the WorkTech programs;
  • Noborru Kono, Professor at Kyoto Institute of Technology;
  • Researcher Susan Stucky of IBM; and
  • Warwick Johnson of Brookfield Multiplex.

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of the thought leaders and practitioners who created the work environments we inhabit today, and who are gathering to identify the key trends and discontinuities that will define the workplace of the future.

You need to be there. It’s happening in Ithaca, New York, on September 5-7. Register now, while there is still room, at this link:

http://www.ifmafoundation.org/summit/register/

You can read about the Summit, the speakers, and the topics at this link:

http://www.ifmafoundation.org/summit/summit/index.htm

I will be there; I hope you will be too.

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The Mobile Workforce Survey

We delighted to announce that we are launching a new Mobile Workforce Survey to explore in depth how and where people are getting their work done in 2012. This survey is a collaborative effort between The Future of Work…unlimited and Novacrea, a talent management consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The survey takes just 10 minutes to complete. Click on this link and do it right now:

http://www.cvent.com/d/rcqqty

We’d love your participation. And we’ll be happy to send a free Executive Summary of the survey results to everyone who completes the survey.


Raising the Bar

As you may know, Jim Ware, in addition to his leadership of The Future of Work….unlimited, is also a co-founder of Occupiers Journal Limited (OJL). He serves as Global Research Director for OJL.

And OJL recently announced its first 2012 research project, “Raising the Bar: Enhancing the Strategic Role of Facilities Management.” See the April newsletter’s Feature Article (“Is ‘Operational Strategy’ an Oxymoron?“) for an extended discussion about that project and the questions it has raised. We are actively seeking research participants; there is no financial cost to contribute to the study.

The study addresses the following kinds of questions:

  • How is facilities management currently organized and governed?
  • What are the most common organizational structures and reporting relationships?
  • How well are FM and workplace strategies aligned with the business, with financial strategies, with CRE, and with functional peers?
  • How is the FM function measured and managed?
  • What issues and challenges are FM managers facing in 2012?

If you are a senior CRE or facilities manager in an “end-user” organization (not a consultant or a service provider) you can contribute to this study in two important ways. First, contact Jim Ware now to schedule a one-hour research interview; and/or second, complete our online survey.

Please do complete the “Raising the Bar” online survey on the organization and management of facilities and receive a complimentary summary of our findings.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OJLRaisingTheBar

You can also read more about the study here:

http://occupiersjournal.com/complete-our-survey-rtb/

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9 AM Pacific Standard Time

Free, but advance registration is required

The next “Talking About Tomorrow” conversation will be on Thursday, June 21, at 9 AM Pacific time. And the one after that will be on July 19 at the same time.

 To reserve a seat for either conversation just send an email to Jim Ware.

Jim Ware will  moderate a loosely structured conversation that engages all the participants in a collaborative exchange of ideas and experiences on this topic. Our specific topic has not yet been selected; check back here soon for more information.

There is no charge to participate, but the conversation will be open only to the the first 15  people who register to participate. We limit the number of participants to ensure that we can have an active, meaningful conversation rather than a one-way “pontification.”

Our goals are simple:  to stimulate learning, to develop insights, and to begin building an active community of workplace/workforce futurists.

To register, please send an email directly to Jim Ware. We will reply with a confidential call-in number (regular long-distance rates will apply).


We also offer customized versions of these “on-demand” learning sessions for internal audiences. Contact us to discuss your needs and to explore how we can provide focused learning experiences for your executives, project team leaders, and functional managers.

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