Future of Work Agenda Newsletter

November 28, 2012

November 2012

We work with senior executives who want to take charge of their future at work by attracting exceptional people, leveraging innate talents, and increasing productivity

It’s been said many times that “less is more.”

What does that mean for The Future of Work Agenda? I’m working on simplifying this newsletter – first, to focus only on the things I believe will most help you thrive in the future. And, second, I am creating a “voice” that enables me to share pertinent thoughts more often, without getting mired in the details or needing to be comprehensive every time I sit at the keyboard.

Everyone I know who is in the knowledge business believes that shorter and more frequent commentary is a more effective and more meaningful way to launch and maintain conversations among people like us. Few of us these days have the time or the energy to dig really deeply into ideas, no matter how important they are, or even how much we want to put everything else aside.

Certainly we still value, and flock to, face-to-face meetings, gatherings, and conferences where we can focus on just one issue or a single theme for a day or more. But on a daily basis—when newsletters, websites, blogs, tweets, and status updates come at us faster than we can absorb them—it is usually more helpful to offer “readers’ digest” versions of Big Ideas.

So my strategy from today forward is to produce shorter, pithier thought pieces, with plenty of links for you to follow if and when you have the time and the energy. I want to share with you more frequently the new ideas and approaches I’m learning about, and that I believe will be of value to you.

Please let me know if this approach makes sense, and tell me what topics are most meaningful for you. I remain committed to making sense out of the future of work—or, rather, to helping each of you make sense out of your own future. And from now on I look forward to providing smaller, bite-sized chunks with practical ideas that you can put to work right away. I trust you will tell me whether I am accomplishing that goal!

And, most of all, Happy Holidays!


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1. Feature Article: Power to the P2P

Every once in a while something you thought you understood starts getting more complicated, and more important at the same time. Recently I’ve become even more fascinated with the power and the impact of peer-to-peer networks, or “P2P.” I believe P2P networks represent a wholly new kind of organizational capability that is distinctively different from, and complementary to, corporate and governmental structures.

2. What’s Happened/Happening?

Brief announcements and notes about where we’ve been, and will be, holding forth in public conversations and other activities.

As usual, your comments and reactions to any of these articles are more than welcome. Please send your thoughts to us at any time.

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