JAN 2015.

CONTENTS

TALKING POINTS

An Open Letter to #HR Professionals http://t.co/ThRogwdpUV #Telecommuting #Flexiwork #Futureofwork quoted Dr @lyndagratton in my blogpost. - Ruchi
@rucsb 30 Jan

RT @FuturistGraeme: New @lyndagratton: What will artificial intelligence do for work? http://bit.ly/1yWopuv #TheFutureofWork #HR HRCurator
@HRCurator 30 Jan

@lyndagratton @HerminiaIbarra @dtapscott among Thinkers50 thinkers at Davos. Any others? - Thinkers50
@thinkers50 20 Jan

ARTICLES

DAVOS 2015: BEYOND OUR NATURE

By Lynda Gratton

Lynda is just back from the World Economic Forum at Davos and we’re lucky enough to have her observations of the event fresh off the press (or, more accurately the plane!).

What characterised Davos 2015 for me was a growing realisation that to address the world’s biggest challenges – issues such as rising poverty, youth unemployment and climate change – we have to go beyond human nature. As the neuroscientists at Davos reminded us, we humans are exquisitely evolved to work in tribal groups – that is, with people who are like us. Unfortunately, this has done little to prepare us for the sorts of challenges we are now facing, since they can only be solved if we are able to work in huge groups, containing many different types of people, negotiating across complex alliances. More

TAKE UP THE HOT SPOTS CHALLENGE

The beginning of the year is traditionally a time for setting new challenges both personally and as an organisation. At the Hot Spots Movement, we’ve noticed the popularity of group challenges in areas as diverse as fitness, budgeting and cleaning – many of which are based on the idea of making small behavioural adjustments that add up to significant change – and thought we’d start setting regular challenges of our own.

The beginning of the year is also when individuals take time to concentrate on their wellbeing – both physical and financial – after a festive period of excess. So, we thought we’d challenge our readers to think of ways in which they can encourage and support wellbeing in a way that is high-impact and rapid to deploy. And, in keeping with the frugal spirit of the start of the year, the initiative should be as low-cost as possible. More

THE ART OF ACTING LIKE A LEADER

One of the books that has really impressed the Hot Spots team lately is Herminia Ibarra’s latest book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader. We really like the way she puts the traditional leadership model on its head by saying that that leaders learn by acting as a leader, rather than trying to introspectively become a leader.

It’s a great book that strikes a refreshing, down-to-earth tone and we recommend it to any readers interested in leadership thinking.

To find out more about Herminia’s book and ongoing research, visit her website.

WHO’S IN OUR NETWORK? – MARGARET HEFFERNAN

We’re really excited about our upcoming FoW Masterclass on 3rd February, which is why we’ve picked one of our guest speakers, Margaret Heffernan as this month’s Hot Spots friend. We love her motto “Let’s not play the game, let’s change it,” and find her perspective on the damaging effects of competition fascinating. Drawing on her varied career in business and broadcasting, Margaret’s perspective is both unique and refreshing. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to hearing what Margaret has to tell our FoW members in a few weeks’ time.

Interested in attending our masterclass? Then join the Future of Work Research Consortium. Contact tina@hotspotsmovement.com to find out how your organisation can become a member.

START YOUR LIVING STRATEGY JOURNEY

We’re excited to announce that Lynda Gratton and the Hot Spots Movement team have developed a new workshop, based on the highly effective model from Lynda’s book Living Strategy. Using key insights and diagnostic tools from the Future of Work Research Consortium, we’ve created an intensive one-day workshop aimed at helping companies identify the managerial and organisational capabilities required to develop a people centric corporate strategy, supported by inclusive and fair processes.

One recent workshop client is a leading insurance firm which was keen to lay the foundations of a more collective way of imagining the future – and our team was happy to help. More

FoWlab Jams: Delivering long-term benefits

According to a Gallup survey in 2013 only 13% of employees worldwide feel engaged at work. Given the amount of effort and resources companies put into employee each year this statistic seems surprising – and yet our experience shows it’s this traditional approach that is the problem.

Traditionally organisations deploy a variety of mechanisms to engage employees, from surveys to focus groups and workshops. While these interventions can be useful they rarely touch every part of the organisation, often lack a real sense of urgency and implementing any insights can be a long and arduous process. More

DO BUSINESS DECISIONS REQUIRE A MORAL COMPASS?

In light of Lynda’s reflections on the limitations of artificial intelligence when it comes to demonstrating moral values, we were interested to read this opinion piece by Saker Nusseibeh in The Guardian, which discusses the importance of making business decisions based on moral values. It’s a thought-provoking piece, and the points made about taking a longer-term view and considering the impact on communities will resonate with anyone who enjoyed reading Lynda’s book The Key.

HOT SPOTS UPDATES…

FoW members will be looking forward to our masterclass on Collaboration which is taking place in London on 3rd February.

Lynda’s latest column for HR Magazine has been published. Entitled Why is Complex Collaboration So Tough? It looks at the common challenges all of us face when trying to collaborate outside of our comfort zones.

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