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Where does the American Dream Stand Today?

Now that the immediate euphoria of the Obama Inauguration is dying down and we’re all getting back to the hard work of creating our collective future, I’m in a strangely  reflective mode this morning.

In preparation for a lunch meeting today with a Very Important Person, I’ve been rereading several of the articles that Charlie Grantham and I have written over the last couple of years (I actually learn something from going back and listening to myself once in a while). [continue reading...]

Perspectives on the Future of Work

We’re very pleased that some of our thoughts on the future of work have just been published in the January 2009 issue of People and Strategy, the journal of the Human Resource Planning Society.

We were asked to contribute to this special issue on The Future of Work (something we care just a little bit about) by commenting on a lead article by Tammie Erickson, President of the  nGenera Innovation Network (who just happens to be a former colleague of mine). [continue reading…]

Designing the Work Experience

All the world’s a stage. . .

Our most recent Future of Work Members Roundtable ended with a fascinating conversation about workplace design. No, we weren’t exploring cubicle sizes, layouts, or the color of carpeting.
Instead, our members’ comments were focused on what’s inadequate, and just plain wrong, about the way most organizations plan their facilities and workplaces. As one of our members put it:

We’re still using planning techniques we developed in the 1970’s, when the core assumption was that everyone needed a personal space of some kind, with a large work surface and plenty of filing cabinets.

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