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The Future-Proof Workplace

Book Description

Face the future on the crest of the wave while the rest are pulled under

The Future-Proof Workplace is a survival guide for the new realities of business. The future is no longer some far-off destination; it is here, right now, and already changing the way we work. Historically, the sea-changes have advanced humanity and inspired us to reach even further; from the Dark Ages to the Age of Enlightenment, from agrarian to industrial societies—and today is no different. But only those who are ready for the changes will come out thriving. This book highlights the changes already taking place around us: the transition from skills to knowledge, the neuroscience approach to leadership and motivation, galloping technical advances, and more. Whether you're a CEO, a leader or manager, or just trying to survive the chaos, this invaluable guide is your wake-up call—the future is now.

The new forces emerging must be understood now if your organization is to succeed. This book details the transformation every business must make to turn upheaval into opportunity.

  • Discover how emerging technologies and neuroscience research are already impacting the way we work
  • Learn how yesterday's biases are being replaced by modern values, culture, and relationships
  • Consider the "heart" of your organization, and whether it can stand up to the purpose-driven paradigm of the future
  • Find new achievement in the new organizational structure, and examine models that are already emerging

Everyone knows that changes are needed—and fast. The question is: which changes, and how? The Future-Proof Workplace maps the transformation, and gives you an itinerary for each step of the way.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for The Future-Proof Workplace
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. Chapter 1: Surviving and Thriving in Turbulence
    1. Today, Not Tomorrow
    2. Waves of Change
    3. Digitization and Change
    4. Changing Demographics
    5. Globalization Is Now
    6. Shock and Awe
    7. Six Factors of Change
    8. Looking Ahead
    9. The Future Happened Yesterday
  8. Chapter 2: Leadership: Leading the Future
    1. An Old Brand of Leadership
    2. Self-Focused Leadership
    3. Greed
    4. The Consequences
    5. Twenty-First-Century Leadership
    6. The Privilege of Leadership
    7. Personal Values Create Company Values
    8. Defining Values
    9. Leaders with Heart
    10. A Decision to Lead
    11. Future-Proof Your Company
    12. Future-Proof Your Career
  9. Chapter 3: Culture: The Key for Innovation and Speed
    1. What's the Difference?
    2. Culture and the Customer
    3. The Evolution of Culture
    4. Understanding Culture
    5. Fast-Forward Culture
    6. The Values and Culture Connection
    7. Bringing Culture to Light
    8. How Do You Create a Culture That Hums?
    9. Hard Choices
    10. Leading a Future-Proof Culture
    11. Future-Proof Your Company
    12. Future-Proof Your Career
  10. Chapter 4: Purpose: Navigating Turbulent Waters
    1. Mission and Vision
    2. What Are We Building?
    3. Purpose
    4. Purpose Is Inspiring
    5. The Power of Purpose
    6. Purpose and People
    7. Banking on Purpose
    8. Future-Proof Your Company
    9. Future-Proof Your Career
  11. Chapter 5: Relationships: Our Connected Future
    1. A Tale of Two Parts: Morag's Story
    2. Relationship with Work
    3. Work in the Future-Past
    4. Career Lattice
    5. Relationship with Employer
    6. Relationship with Colleagues
    7. Relationship with Cultures
    8. Relationship with the Community
    9. Relationship with Our Network
    10. Balancing Is No Act
    11. Future-Proof Your Company
    12. Future-Proof Your Career
  12. Chapter 6: Diversity and Inclusion: Future Inclusion
    1. Sea Change
    2. The Facts about Women
    3. Stereotyping Is Personal
    4. When Bias Seems Pragmatic
    5. Brain Science, Bias, and Diversity
    6. Stereotyping and Personal Beliefs
    7. Vicious Cycles
    8. Bias in the Mirror
    9. Rewiring Inclusion
    10. Taking Action
    11. Future-Proof Your Company
    12. Future-Proof Your Career
  13. Chapter 7: Technology: Resistance Is Futile
    1. Technology the Disrupter and Enabler
    2. Data Is Big
    3. Genuine Intelligence
    4. Uploading into Society
    5. What's Your Response Time?
    6. Future Workforce
    7. Changing Identities
    8. Everything Is Connected and Transparent
    9. Personal Impact
    10. Your Reality
    11. Catching the Wave
    12. Future-Proof Your Company
    13. Future-Proof Your Career
  14. Chapter 8: Learning: Curious Learners
    1. The Hare and the Tortoise
    2. Welcome to the Nano-Degree
    3. Curiosity in the Driver's Seat
    4. Introducing the “T” Learner
    5. Soft Skills Finally Take Center Stage
    6. Collecting Credentials Instead of Certificates
    7. Are You Learning Agile?
    8. Modernizing Talent Management
    9. The Old Days of Too Young
    10. We Can't Afford a Training Budget
    11. Learning Is a Contact Sport
    12. Build a Learning Culture
    13. A Global Learning Mind-Set
    14. Content Curation and Knowledge Management
    15. Throw Out the HR Rule Book
    16. Performance Management Becomes the Performance Moment
    17. Rewrite the Training Policies
    18. We All Want to Learn
    19. Future-Proof Your Company
    20. Future-Proof Your Career
  15. Chapter 9: Workspace: The Future-Proof Workspace
    1. Time to Take Back the Key to the Executive Washroom
    2. Down with the Cubicle Farm
    3. It Takes More than a Ping-Pong Table
    4. From Water Coolers to Watering Holes
    5. Anytime, Anywhere
    6. From Corporate Campus to Community Campus
    7. Designing for Wellness
    8. Social and Environmental Responsibility
    9. What Can You Transform Today?
    10. Future-Proof Your Company
    11. Future-Proof Your Career
  16. Chapter 10: Future-Proof Workplace: Waves of Change
    1. The Human Wave
    2. Leading the Future
    3. Culture Determines Innovation and Speed
    4. Navigating with Purpose
    5. Our Relational Future
    6. Future Inclusion
    7. Resistance Is Futile—Technology
    8. Curious Learners
    9. The Future-Proof Workspace
    10. Work Matters
    11. Tidal Waves
    12. Overwhelmed?
    13. The Future
    14. Follow Our Three Es
  17. Acknowledgments
  18. Welcome to the Future of Work
  19. About the Authors
    1. Linda Sharkey, PhD
    2. Morag Barrett
  20. Also by the Authors
    1. Linda Sharkey, PhD
    2. How to Compete and Win in Today's Business Environment
    3. Morag Barrett
  21. Index
  22. End User License Agreement