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Why a bold new breed of employee is so valuable

At last! My book is in the competent hands of a skilled copy writer and we are nearing the end of a two-year adventure. I should say we are nearing the beginning of a new adventure that starts in May 2021, the official publication date.

I say we deliberately, because many people around the world have been instrumental in helping me over the last 24 months: the Advisory Board, the interviewees, 300 research participants and many others including academics, specialized experts and practitioners.

The bold new breed of employee are those who work with a gig mindset.

These salaried people inside organizations work with the spirit of freelancers: they are autonomous, question the status quo, take initiatives, cross organizational borders, detect and work with issues others do not see, improvise when necessary and influence people around them.

They are bold because many managers perceive this behavior as deviant. In reality it is positive deviance. It helps build resilience as I wrote about previously. One chapter in the book entitled “Opening Minds and Organizations” goes into detail with examples of how to stimulate and cultivate a gig-mindset work culture. Of course, it is essential to get the right balance between traditional and gig-mindset ways of working, and this is covered in a later chapter “Defining a Perpetual Balance” where we go into detail about a method which I described earlier in a post.

The Gig Mindset Advantage started with a wakeup call I had two years ago. The book is grounded in research and inspired by interviews of people on the frontlines as many of you know. I have a special section in the book where I thank you all for bringing me the reality of life in the workplace today.

As always, I  look forward to your feedback.

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I’ve been collecting articles about profound changes in jobs and how people work. I don’t mean digital workplace changes, but more basic. Here are some. Please share if you come across others.

Love or hate them, pandemic learning pods are here to stay — and could disrupt American education

Teachers are quitting their jobs to lead pods. Worried administrators are trying to adapt.

Most of Georgia State’s students come from low-income backgrounds hard-hit by the pandemic. The school could serve as a model for others nationwide.

No handshakes. A bad economy. These car salesmen shifted tactics — and succeeded.

The top sales people are making it happen. They have no choice.

Airline pilots’ jobs are uncertain. Some are looking to fly drones instead of planes

With mass layoffs at US air carriers expected this fall, airline pilots … are anticipating the unwelcome reality that pilots like herself may soon be left without stable work.