October 2011

Future Work appeals to media

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The idea of something called Future Work is catching on in the media. The fact that todays management has not kept up with the changes in working practices seems to have some support from people reporting on the book.

As Peter Whitehead said in his Recruitment Diary in the Executive Appointments section of the FT yesterday, the book is "a damning indictment of just how wasteful it is to conduct 21st century business using 19th century command and control structures".

London launch a great success

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We were delighted that Ernst & Young hosted a launch of Future Work at their London offices on October 17th. The audience of about 120 people was treated to a short introduction to the book from Alison and me, followed by a panel discussion. On the panel were Chris Ainslie of BT, featured in the book; Fiona Laird of Unilever, also quoted in the book; and Sally Bucknell of Ernst & Young. The discussion was ably chaired by Peter Whitehead of the Financial Times. To see the video click here.

Trust and performance

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Trust is in short supply at the moment, in politics as well as business. It was centre stage, though, in the panel discussion on culture and performance at the Echo Annual Summit in London last week, where I talked about transforming work for the digital age. Our research for the book (published the same day, 7th October) shows that organizations with innovative working practices are most likely to have a culture of trust and empowerment.

Increase the speed limit to 80mph or reduce it to zero?

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As we approach the publication date of the book (7th October in the UK) it is interesting to see how relevant it is in today's economic, social and political climate. For example, the idea of raising the speed limit inthe UK from 70 to 80 mph hit the headlines last week ahead of the Conservative Party Conference. At the conference the Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond  said "We must ...

Management Today reviews Future Work

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Great review by Henry Stewart, chief executive of award-winning training company Happy, in Management Today this month. Stewart, whose firm has won recognition for its innovative approach to management and customer service, examines our global business case in detail and concludes: "This book provides challenging and persuasive examples of the need to change and is recommended as a wake-up call to the corporate world."

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