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Lynda Gratton

HOT SPOTS NEWSLETTER: end of year edition – a year in review

It has been a busy 12 months for Lynda and the team at the Hot Spots Movement! Lynda’s new book, Glow, was published in April and we launched the Future of Work Research Consortium last month. We have been undergoing projects and spoken in China, Singapore, Finland, USA, UK and the United Arab Emirates among many other countries.

We want to continue to bring you great content that you won’t be able to read anywhere else, and which will inspire and enthuse you to help your organisation flourish and become more innovative and energised. Keep us updated of exciting developments in your organisation. And finally: Happy New Year from all of us!

How a decade has changed HR practices

It seems hard to believe we are already at the end of a decade! Ten years ago, we were all panicking about whether Y2K would cause global corporate collapse: since then, we have witnessed seismic change in the way businesses operate.

Hierarchical structures, with rigid frameworks and operating procedures have been replaced by flatter organisations, more flexible working hours, and an increased dependence on employees as part of the decision-making procedure. Technology is being used to enable virtual teams and open-source innovation in communities.

In the Future of Work Research Consortium, we’re already building a picture of what this next decade will bring and how we need to prepare our organisations. We believe that the next 10 years will lead to even more systemic change, and we can’t wait!

The democratisation of learning and education

Lynda has been giving some thought to how learning and education will change in the next 20 years (you can read them in full on Lynda’s blog).

Technology will also mean that not only will the information be easily and globally accessible, but it will be also be available instantly. The challenge we will have is to separate the important and correct information from the white noise. The ability to bundle this information into packages focused on a particular issue will be a key asset.

At the same time, there will be a significant rise in the learning aspirations of people across the world, and this will be accompanied by a real effort on the part of individuals and organisations to identify those with the highest raw talent – regardless of whether they were born into a “developed nation”.

Developing a new approach to deal with complex teams

After working with a number of big corporations on the Learning Journey, we are working on a new solution specifically for use in complex and highly strategic teams that are crucial to the success of a company. In these cases, change needs to be accelerated, so we are building a tool that integrates a more tailored, individual approach with a learning solution delivered on a 'just in time' basis.

Andreas Voigt, who is Head of Research at the Hot Spots Movement, explains why these complex teams need a slightly different approach here.

If you think this approach would suit your company, and would like to partner with the Hot Spots Movement on the prototype phase, please contact Tina on tina@hotspotsmovement.com.

Glow – available electronically!

At the Hot Spots Movement, we’re great fans of technology for work and play, and we wanted to share with you that Glow is available through Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book. Click here to read more.

It is also available as an audiobook, read by Liz Jasicki, which means you can download and play it directly on your mp3 player. Click here for more details.

Bringing Hot Spots into your organisation

As well as developing the solution for complex teams, the Hot Spots Movement has also developed in-house programmes, which we will start running in 2010. We have had a number of requests for in-house programmes from clients, as they want a broader group of stakeholders within their organisation to understand what Hot Spots are and how they can support strategic objectives through an energised organisation with a stronger innovative capability. To read more, click here.

If you think your company would benefit from this new approach, please contact Tina on tina@hotspotsmovement.com.

Developing networks: who’s in our network?

One of the subjects close to Lynda’s heart – and high on her radar – is education and learning, and its impact on the future of work. This month, we’d like to introduce you to Dan Pink from our network, whose new book Drive is about what truly motivates us. Click here for more.

Our newest community

Since its launch at the beginning of November, the Future of Work Research Consortium has come on in leaps and bounds. We have almost 200 registered users of the portal, and we already have more than 60 discussion threads ongoing. These discussions cover subjects that range from the impact of discussions at the recent climate change conference in Copenhagen, through to the gender imbalance in the boardroom. With almost 200 individual users, more than 20 companies, 80 topics of discussion, and almost 500 posts to threads, it shows that the consortium members are really enjoying the debate with colleagues over the Future of Work.

Roll call of thanks

We would like to congratulate last month’s top contributors in the Future of Work Research Consortium:

Yves Zischek from COLT
David Dalpe from Thomson Reuters
Bethany Davis-Swanson from Nokia
Ian Gee from Nokia
Stephen Remedios from Unilever
Ari-Pekka Skarp from Nokia

Special thanks to the following companies for their ongoing contribution:

Nokia, Thomson Reuters and COLT.

Next edition:

New year, new objectives: how corporations can surge ahead in January.




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