APRIL 2013.

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HOT SPOTS UPDATES

BREAKFAST & THE FUTURE OF WORK

On 29 May in London we have invited guests for breakfast to share our plans for the new membership year of the Future of Work Research Consortium. Would you like to join us? Please contact Jayna Patel if you are interested in attending.

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FoW RESEARCH UPDATE

Work is well underway for our Future of Work (FoW) Research Consortium, and we are already looking into some very interesting themes. To help us get started, we sent Emma Birchall to London Business School to find out what MBA students are thinking about their own future of work. Here is one of the insights they shared on career paths:

New ways of working – an alternative to the linear career path?
We’ve known for a while that the career model of ‘one job for life’ is a thing of the past and that people change careers on average seven times in their working lives. It seems, however, that our MBA students are looking to take this a step further and move away from the linear career path altogether. Instead many are seeking ‘portfolio careers’ where they will work for several organisations or projects at a time, applying their serial mastery in a range of roles. We, at the Hot Spots Movement, are asking ourselves ‘What do portfolio careers mean for job design in big corporations?’ and ‘How will portfolio career paths map out in future?’

Over the next five months leading up to the beginning of the next membership year, we will be examining the answers to these questions, ready for lively debate in our master classes, workshops and jams.

Contact Tina Schneidermann to find out how you can join the conversation as a member of FoW.

LATEST ON OUR I & D INITIATIVES

Our Inclusion & Diversity Research Consortium members are gearing up for the launch of the Peer Assist Groups. These groups are one of the activities on the year-long journey members embarked on in February when we launched the Consortium. They have been formed based on the challenges the members submitted, and they’ll be meeting on calls facilitated by members of the Hot Spots Movement’s facilitation team. The groups and calls are the members’ forum for discussing their challenges and using one another’s expertise.

Member organisations will be filling in a diagnostic survey to understand where they need to focus their attention, and during our June webinar they will hear about the findings.

Other I & D related updates:
Lynda Gratton spoke at the 13th Annual Women in Business Conference, which took place at London Business School recently. You can watch her speak here.

Would your organisation like to join the Inclusion & Diversity Research Consortium? Please contact Tina Schneidermann for more information.

THE SHIFT AWARDED IN JAPAN

Lynda' Gratton's latest book, The Shift, has received Business Book of the Year Award 2013 (Japan). The award is given out in the category for business and trade books in Japan, and past winners include Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2010), and Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson (2012). Among this year's shortlisted foreign titles were Makers by Chris Anderson, Will Power by Kelly McGonigal and Insanely Simple by Ken Segall.

WHO IS IN OUR NETWORK?

Recently we were introduced to Milton Chen, PhD and Founder and CEO of VSee, a video collaboration tool aimed at eliminating the need to commute to work.

VSee originally emerged as Milton's doctorate work at Stanford University, where he studied the psychology behind human computer interactions and in particular the problems of making virtual teamwork easy and conveying trust over video. More

NEW MEMBER OF THE HOT SPOTS RESEARCH TEAM

Emma Birchall has joined us to reinforce our research team and, among many other roles, will lead the research for our two consortiums. Emma joins us from Accenture and is already, after only two weeks, deeply involved in preparing the Future of Work Research Consortium’s new membership year, which kicks off in September. Emma will also be working with our clients on their bespoke FoWlab jam projects, helping them pin down their objectives and engage their teams.

Shortly you can read more about Emma on www.hotspotsmovement.com.

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