Doing Business Anywhere, Anytime

As previously announced, Charlie Grantham and I were featured in a webinar yesterday that was hosted by PC Magazine and sponsored by Citrix Online. Michael Krieger represented PC Magazine and acted as moderator. We were also joined by Eric Bensley of Citrix Online.

The topic was “Corporate Agility: Doing Business Anywhere, Anytime.” A recording of the webinar, including both our slides and our voiceover, is available at this link (it will open in Windows Media Player). [continue reading...]

Charlie Grantham Invited to Join Citrix Online’s Worldwide Workplace Council

That’s good news for us, and for the future of work.

Charlie Grantham has been invited to join a newly-formed Worldwide Workplace Council being sponsored and hosted by Citrix Online. The full press release is here.

“As companies and individuals alike find they can work from anywhere, anytime, it will potentially affect every aspect of the work/life balance, along with the companies’ ability to slash costs and hire from anywhere,” said Brett Caine, general manager, Citrix Online.

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The May Issue of Future of Work Agenda is Now Available

We’ve just posted the online version of Future of Work Agenda for the month of May.

We will be emailing the newsletter to all subscribers later this evening (it’s free – you can register online here), and posting a complete version here on the blog as well. [continue reading...]

Work Design Collaborative and Realcomm Team Up for Realcomm Summit 2009

Prescott, Arizona – April 21, 2009 Work Design Collaborative, LLC, is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Realcomm Conference Group, LLC, a global leader in providing education, information and networking opportunities for the commercial real estate industry, to present a work design summit at Realcomm 2009.

“The Future of Work | Mobile Workforce Summit” will be held Monday, June 22, 2009, from 1:00 to 5:00pm at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. [continue reading...]

April Issue of Future of Work Agenda

A Free Monthly Newsletter

(this is a reposting of the April issue of our newsletter. It’ s also available online at our website, at this link)

This month we turn the spotlight on two seemingly very different topics: people and real estate. But it’s really all about management – managing relationships, managing your facilities portfolio, and managing yourself.

In our Feature Article we offer the third in our recent series aimed at enhancing organizational effectiveness in the face of a deep economic crisis. [continue reading...]

There Are Only Two Kinds of Companies: The Quick and the Dead

[This is the “Compass” article from the March issue of our Future of Work Agenda newsletter. You can also read it in the newsletter format at this link.]

By Jim Ware and Charlie Grantham

It’s been 18 months since our book, Corporate Agility, was published. We’ve been pleased at how well it’s been received, but we’ve also been frustrated at how few organizations seem to “get” the message.

Now, six months into the current economic “crisis” it’s more apparent than ever that agility isn’t just a nice idea – it’s an absolute survival skill. Pardon us, but maybe if we shout it out one more time someone will hear us.

We opened the book with this observation:

Those that survive will be the fleet of foot and the nimble, or those organizations that create not only new products but also new markets, and do so faster than their competitors ever imagined possible. . .  In today’s business climate, only the agile survive.

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Telecommuting is the Newest Perk – and Cost-Reduction Strategy

There’s a great new story just published today in Business Week detailing how some organizations are turning to “telecommuting” and flexible work programs as a way to reduce costs and retain employees in these difficult times.

The article (“Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity“), by Michelle Conlin (editor of BW’s Working Life Department), highlights how SCAN Health Plan, BDO Seidman, and Capital One are using flexible work options to cut real estate costs significantly.

The really encouraging side of the story, though, is how many employees relish the reduction in commute times and the rebalancing of their lives (no surprise to us, but still a benefit that’s not widely enough recognized).

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Another Look at Resistance to Distributed Work

We’re very pleased that Capital Magazine, based in Dubai, has just published the second installment of an article that Charlie Grantham and I wrote about organizational resistance to Distributed Work – and what to do about it.

The article, “How Come Distributed Work is Still the Next Big Thing?“,  appears in the February issue. It’s available online, though free registration is required. [continue reading...]