The design of work and its changing nature is an amazing case study in both advances innovation and the continued resistance to innovation.
I have spent the past quarter century thinking, researching, and advising executives about THE FUTURE OF WORK. No one can accurately predict the future. But if we scan key trends, we get a clear picture of what we need to prepare for.
FUTURE OF WORK TREND: I have seen the biggest battle for the future of work. It’s not about the next big thing. It’s about failure. Those companies and leaders who have built cultures of “failing forward” and rewarding “failing fast” and “iterate, iterate, iterate” are already embracing the future. Those that work overtime to mitigate all risks and manage for no failures are battling to stay in the past.
FUTURE OF WORK TREND: I have seen the future of work and the winners will not only move to greater meritocracy (where the value of the idea is all that matters), but where those cultures also train and develop and support their teammates to be able to advocate for those ideas. Meritocracy is wasted if only the most skilled or loudest voice wins.
(For more, see Innovation Through a New Lens)
Want the data behind these and other trends?
• Ayelet Baron’s slides: Are You Ready for the Future of Work?
• Work 2.0: Ten-Year Report