APR 2014.

CONTENTS

HOT SPOTS UPDATES

If you missed Lynda Gratton discussing hierarchy at work on the BBC World Service In the Balance programme, there’s no need to worry – you can still listen to the show online.

You can now sign up for FoW membership year round. Sign up now to participate in our upcoming theme about the 100-year life and its inevitable effect on work and careers. Contact tina@hotspotsmovement.com for more details.

Lynda Gratton’s new book, The Key, will be published in June 2014. We’ll be organising some exciting events to celebrate its launch, but in the meantime the book is available to pre-order through Amazon.com.

ARTICLES

KNACK NAMED AS FINALIST IN THE UNLIMITED HUMAN POTENTIAL M-PRIZE

We recently discovered that Hot Spots Movement friends Knack.it have been nominated for the Unlimited Human Potential M-Prize, which recognises the most progressive practices and innovative ideas for unleashing human capability.

The finalists submitted stories and hacks around inverting the pyramid, busting bureaucracy, redesigning people practices for a social, mobile, self-determined, big-data driven world, and reimagining organisations entirely as dynamic value-creating networks – with Knack.it CEO Guy Halfteck providing a story entitled Unlocking the Hidden Reservoirs of Human Potential: How “Big Oil” and Knack Combined Radically Innovative Big Data Technology and “Big Data Mindset” to Pick Winning Innovators at Web Scale. More

SPOTLIGHT ON FAST RETAILING

In this month’s interview, we talk to Lynda Tyler, Group Officer and Senior Vice President HR at Fast Retailing. The Japanese high street clothing giant is a Future of Work Research Consortium member – find out how they deal with managing diversity and surfacing new ideas.

WHAT IS FAST RETAILING?
Fast Retailing is the young, fast-growing retail company behind high street names such as UNIQLO, Comptoir Des Cotonniers and J Brand. We started life as a small, men’s shop in Ube City, Yamaguchi, Japan and have transformed into a truly global organisation. Our growth has been predominantly organic through expanding the reach of our current brands, though in recent years we have made a series of acquisitions in new markets outside of our home country of Japan. More

MIT ENGAGES TEENAGER TO HELP DESIGN MOOCS

MIT is currently working on the format of its mass open online courses (MOOCS) with the help of a 17 year-old student from Mongolia. Battushig Myanganbayar managed a perfect score on one of the university’s electronic engineering courses when he was just 15. Now a student at MIT, he is also helping them design the courses in a way that will appeal to high school students and others who don’t already have a degree-level education.

MIT aren’t the only ones interested in what Gen Z thinks – we’re conducting a Gen Z survey as part of our Talent Innovation theme for the Future of Work Research consortium. To find out how your organisation can get involved, contact tina@hotspotsmovement.com.

WHO’S IN OUR NETWORK? – Farooq Chaudhry

Recently we’ve had the privilege of hosting not one but two conversations with Farooq Chaudhry, producer of the world-renowned Akram Khan Company, which is famous for its ability to create uncompromising artistic narratives, including their performance at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Farooq’s “no boundaries” approach to building resilience among his team of professional dancers, brings an entirely fresh perspective for businesses on how they too can create strong and agile organisations and he was generous enough to share this with us at our Resilience and Purpose masterclass. We found Farooq’s approach to organisational resilience so inspiring that we invited him back to speak with Lynda during one of our Collaboration Week webinars. We’re also really looking forward to seeing Akram Khan Company’s next performance at Sadler’s Wells.


CATCH UP ON COLLABORATION WEEK

Our Collaboration Week events on April 14-17 were a great success – something we feel is a testimony to the growing realisation that collaboration is hugely important. Whether you joined in and would like to revisit some of the week’s activities, or were unable to make it and would like to catch up on the fun, we have a range of content available online for you to enjoy. More

NEW FUTURE OF WORK RESEARCH CONSORTIUM THEMES ANNOUNCED

Take a sneak peek at the next three themes we’ll be exploring with our Future of Work Research Consortium.

The Hundred Year Life
We are at the dawn of the 100-year life – a fact which creates enormous opportunities, but also significant challenges and risks. In this theme, we will explore how a three-stage career will evolve and what it means to work for up to 80 years, as well as what this means for selection and development and how corporations can prepare for the most significant change in human capital ever faced. More

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