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Being Resilient

This article is about being resilient. It is not about resilience. A resilient person or organization can get through a crisis. But making it through once is not enough. It is highly likely there will be more and greater disruption in the short- and long-term. We are already living this. Being resilient is a state of readiness, a way of acting, a way of thinking. It is proactive, not reactive. In today’s work environment, this is business critical, for individuals and for organizations. It may even be a question of survival. (more…)

Civil disobedience facing strategic blindness

Civil disobedience facing strategic blindness  is the topic of the first chapter in my book about the gig mindset inside organizations. The title was inspired by two interviews I had during my research.

The first is from an analyst-journalist, based in India, who told me how he interprets the resistance of senior management to change and the second from a test engineer in a global industrial company headquartered in Europe who talked about civil disobedience as a way of triggering change….

A senior test engineer in a global industrial company based in Europe shared how he and colleagues worked to bring visibility to new ways of working, or what I call the gig mindset: “Some more radical things were coming from the idea that, if we are going to change a company as large as ours, it’s not any different to change in society, so why don’t we do things like civil disobedience. The idea was actually protesting, peacefully in an open area where senior managers would see us. We wanted to demonstrate what we are already doing, and make it inclusive, so others can see and join us.” The initiative worked well because several top leaders were asking why HR was not involved. The answer was they had not seen any reason to involve HR. It was a people-led movement.


Read the full articles at the links below either on my website or on LinkedIn. Comments are closed here so Linkedin will let you react to my thoughts! Which I hope you will.

Looking forward to your thoughts.

The new era of the workplace web

My recent post on Linked In stirred up a lot of discussion about the future of the term digital workplace. If you go directly here, you can read it and see the conversation: join in!!  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-era-workplace-web-jane-mcconnell/

The article is short so I published it here as well. (more…)

Gig mindset traits are not high on the list of hiring criteria

I’m looking at how talent is found and brought into organizations. The chart shows that #gigmindsetter skills are not yet at the top of the list, especially the ability to challenge status quo. (more…)

Working out loud is natural for gig mindsetters

One of the important gig mindset behaviors I studied in the 2018 survey is the following: Behavior 3. “I am comfortable with opening up early, working out loud, and taking feedback from outside the project team into account as the project advances.”  This is not the traditional way of working! Even gig mindsetters can make progress here because it is a tough way to work if your organizational culture does not support it. Tough and risky. (more…)

Historical perspective on the gig mindset

Data from 12 years of global surveys brings me new insights on a lot of topics!

For example here: The Emergence of the Gig Mindset. It’s crystal clear why it is happening!