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Just Do It – Right Now!

Now!

Recently Kent Reyling,  Director of Market Education at Kimball Office, forwarded me a thought piece that re-awakened a life lesson I seem to forget all too often. It comes back to me over and over again, in different forms but always with the same core message:

Today is all there is.

Here’s the message that Kent actually forwarded to me:

Be what it is you want everyone else to be; do what it is you want everyone else to do.

(That advice comes from Sam Parker, the author of 212: The Extra Degree and dozens of other motivational and inspirational books).

That thought reminded me of something I struggle with all the time: the importance of moving from ideas to action. Read more

Talking About Tomorrow

This is an invitation to join an ongoing conversation about the future of work.

Future Exit Sign 000018627375XSmallDo you often wonder where the future of work is headed? Do you have trouble keeping up with all the things impacting the workplace – factors like workforce demographics, new technologies, changing patterns of work, new physical workplace designs, changing social values, and so on, and so on?

We live in a dangerous and unpredictable world, and it often seems impossible to stay on top of everything that matters. I know I find it both frustrating and energizing to live in a world that’s changing as rapidly as ours is today.

The only way I know to stay sane in these conditions is to share both my confusion and my fascination with the future with friends and colleagues, and to learn together as we exchange experiences and insights. Read more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T is the Key to the Future of Work

With a bow to Aretha Franklin, our focus this week is on the central role that Respect will play in the future of work.

I have emphasized the importance of Wellness and Wellbeing in the workplace over the last several newsletter issues, largely because my “Talking About Tomorrow” members have been actively exploring the topic in our recent monthly conference calls [links to those articles are here (Part One), and here (Part Two), and here (Part Three)].

Our conversation earlier this month brought that focus to a very personal level as we shared our own tips and techniques for coping with the emergence of what increasingly feels like a 24×7 work week.

We began the March conversation by visiting with Rebecca Scott of Sodexo, who compiled and edited Sodexo’s recent Workplace Trends 2014 report. Read more

Jessica Lipnack our Special Guest on the Next “Talking About Tomorrow” conversation on February 14

The next “Talking About Tomorrow” open mike conversation will be on Thursday, February 14, at 9 AM Pacific time. Participation is free but advance registration is required.

[Update as of February 1; this event is already oversubscribed. However, we will be happy to put you on a waiting list in case any current registrants have to cancel. And we will be holding another conversation – with another guest – on March 21]

And I am thrilled to announce that our special guest for the day will be Jessica Lipnack, the CEO  of NetAge. [continue reading...]

Talking About Tomorrow: January 17

9 AM Pacific Standard Time

January 17, 2012

Free, but advance registration is required.

The next “Talking About Tomorrow” conversation will be on Thursday, January 17, at 9 AM Pacific time. And the one after that will be on February 14, 2013,  at the same time.

Our recent conversations have focused on how to take charge of your personal future @ work by creating tangible stories about yourself and your work in the year 2020. [continue reading...]

November 2012: What’s Happened/Happening

Fall in North America is always an incredibly busy time. This year was no exception. Here are a few brief notes about the major activities  that we have been involved in over the last several months, plus a quick look ahead.

Raising the Bar

As you may know, in addition to my leadership of The Future of Work….unlimited, I am also a co-founder of Occupiers Journal Limited (OJL). [continue reading...]

Talking About Tomorrow: December 13

9 AM Pacific Standard Time

December 13, 2012

Free, but advance registration is required.

The next “Talking About Tomorrow” conversation will be on Thursday, December 13, at 9 AM Pacific time. And the one after that will be on January 17, 2013,  at the same time.

Our recent conversations have focused on how to take charge of your personal future @ work by creating tangible stories about yourself and your work in the year 2020. [continue reading...]

What’s Happened/Happening: July/August 2012

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. [continue reading...]

What’s Happened/Happening (May 2012)

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

Recent Activity

“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.” [continue reading...]

What’s Happened/Happening? (February 2012)

Talking About Tomorrow

We have long wanted to engage more directly with you, our newsletter subscribers, as we all drive in parallel towards the future of work. Now we believe we have found a way.

We are taking a first step towards creating an active community of workplace/workforce futurists. At 11 AM Pacific Time on Friday, February 10, Jim Ware will host a free one-hour “open mike” conversation with the first fifteen people who register to participate. [continue reading...]