People Movements Bring Change. The Gig Mindset Is No Exception.
First, people brought social to the workplace
This happened with social networks, which entered organizations timidly over a decade ago, were upsetting to many senior managers, but have now become widespread: approximately 60% of organizations have a single network worldwide, and another 25% have multiple networks.
Then people led and won the BYOD debate.
BYOD is another example. Bring Your Own Device was frowned on, even forbidden, in most companies. People did it anyway. Why? Because they had no choice. They needed mobile to do their jobs. Today well over half of organizations officially allow it for work purposes. And most of the others accept it. Companies with the most successful customer-facing workforce also have the highest rate of BYOD.
I wrote about this in 2016: Tracking the Trends in Bringing Our Own Devices to Work in the Harvard Business Review. Exceptions occur of course in highly regulated industries or on sites with highly classified data.
Now the gig mindset is the new battle ground.
My research has identified 8 behaviors that characterize traditional and gig mindsets. If you scan the list of traditional behaviors, the left column on the chart, you’ll see that most organizations strongly enforce this way of doing things. Processes, roles and management practices are aligned to the traditional way of working. Gig mindset behaviors, the right column, are rarely encouraged, and sometimes even sanctioned. The paradox we are facing is that organizations need both mindsets. (more…)
Figure 1 for “How a Gig Mindset Inside Organizations Will Shape Our Future“, published on LinkedIn and as part of a series of posts for the 10th Global Peter Drucker Forum blog.
The framework for the gig mindset research started with a description of 8 contrasting behaviors. The version you see above is the current result after many hours of conversation and refinements with the Gig Mindset Advisory Board.
I’m researching the gig mindset. I do NOT mean external gig workers or freelancers or members of what is commonly called the gig economy. I mean salaried people who work inside organizations, but behave in ways similar to external freelancers. (more…)
These are the slides I used for the opening keynote presentation at IntranetReloaded in Berlin in April. There was a lot of interest in the ideas of the gig mentality inside organizations.
A number of people talked to me over the 2 days telling me their gig stories.
“What if we saw vision not as a determined end state we need to achieve, but as a
co-created, evolving pattern we are living in that informs every decision and interaction in the now.”
How can you protect your digital initiatives from internal political damage? “Neutralize Internal Politics in Digital Initiatives” was originally published by MIT Sloan Management Review October 13th, 2017. (more…)
How can you build the right balance between global and local needs, desk-less and desk workers, and the center and the edges? If you can get it right, it will change the DNA of your organization to one of genuine inclusiveness. You will fortify the sense of common purpose and belonging. Originally published on the Global Peter Drucker Forum Blog. (more…)
My latest research has been integrated into the online learning course – Leading in the Digital Age, part of edX courses organized by leading universities in the US. This specific course is organized by Boston University, and they wrote me the thank you note below.
Working out Loud, a Mindset Independent of Technology
“Monday’s Notes” – at NASA in the 1960’s
Wernher von Braun, head of the Marshall Space Flight Center (part of NASA) set up a system for working out loud. Most people do not know this case because (1) it happened half a century ago, and (2) it is not sexy or media-worthy as there is no technology involved. It’s all based on paper, pens and a duplicating machine. (more…)