New Briefing Notes

I have moved my Briefing Notes to Substack and am very pleased with the ease of publication compared to my previous host.

If you are interested in or part of the Bold New Breed, you can subscribe to my Briefing Notes and be updated monthly.

Why subscribe?

  • Follow trends (the human ones!) that are changing people and the workplace
  • See why the emergence of the gig mindset inside organizations is a big deal.

You can also see archives from the past few years.

You may be interested in joining a community of gig mindsetters who share stories, frustrations, accomplishments and ambitions in a private space.

Why new? Why bold?

My book, The Gig Mindset Advantage is out in May.  A long  gestation – over two years of research, interviews, thinking, writing and interaction with my publisher. But it’s all worth it!

You can see what early readers say about it, and I look forward to your comments once you’ve read it.

I have started a podcast called Bold New Breed. You can see more about it here and discover the five episodes already live. I’ll be talking about how gig mindsetters are bringing change to the workplace and I’ll also interviewing people around the world to learn about their own experiences. If you have a story to share, get in touch.

You can subscribe on all major directories: Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon Music, Stitcher and others. (more…)

More people + more countries = more global!

I’m pushing to reach the same level of survey participation in 2021 as we had in 2018.

I realize people are preoccupied these days with many challenges.

However, a number of people have told me they think the gig mindset has increased along with a gig-mindset oriented work culture. They say this is due, in part, to the pandemic and lock-down which resulted in working virtually from home more than in the past. Is this the case for most people? Is this exceptional? (more…)

Are you slowing down? I hope so.


One of the effects I have observed from the pandemic and full-time remote work is slowness. All around me I see signs of people slowing down. I too find my own work slowing down.

For example, I am preparing a podcast–Bold New Breed– based on my  research around the workplace. My preparation is going more slowly than I expected,  both technically (not a surprise as it’s a whole new media)  but also in defining and refining the content.

However, the slowness has been beneficial for my own thinking.


Going rogue is the new normal

I wrote an article – Is going rogue the new normal? – four years ago. It focused on a new way of thinking about yourself and your work. And it’s even more relevant today than back in 2016 when I wrote it. (more…)

Learning on the upswing? Check out the gig mindset survey.

I saw a change about “learning” that startled me in my 1st glance at the data from the on-going gig mindset survey.

I was disappointed. I had expected much more. Especially in our current remote working context where information is shared in a more permanent form (video, text) than previously (verbally, F2F meetings).

The combined percentages of people who agreed or strongly agreed that “it is easy to learn in the natural flow of work” increased by only 5 % between 2018 and 2021.

But, the strongly-agree percentage has gone from 21% (2018) to 36% (2021). That more like it!


Temporary results

Remember, the survey is only mid way. It does not close until March 12. So the numbers above may change. Let’s hope they go up!

Participate – it only takes 15 to 20 minutes – and you’ll get a copy of the final report.
#learninganddevelopment #learningmatters #gigmindset #workculture

Revisiting “The Inclusive Organization and Reachability”

I wrote “The Inclusive Organization and the Reachability Factor” for the Peter Drucker Forum in 2017, the year inclusiveness was a theme. The digital divide came up in a recent conversation on LinkedIn and it is indeed a serious problem.

It is even more serious and has greater impact today than when I wrote the post: or here on the Peter Drucker blog.

It includes 10 questions you need to ask about how reachable your people are.


People barometer 5 years ago still relevant!

I designed this in 2017, just after my 10th and final year of annual surveys on the organization in the digital age. (more info here)

Looking at it again, I would make some changes, but not many. It came to mind because @dhinchcliffe tweeted it a day ago. Thanks!



Flying back

I wish I could join these white storks on their spring migration flight.  They come every year. This time they were early. Global warming? Do they think spring is here? I wonder if they can tell what has happened over the past year?

Two minutes from my house. They only stayed to rest for about one hour.


Survey close date extended by popular demand


The survey close date is now 12 March. Lots of people asked for time to mobilize colleagues. The more people, the more data!

I especially thank the pioneers who did the original survey in 2018 and have come back again, nearly three years later, for a reality check.

Wonder what we will learn in 2021?

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