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Hot Spots Newsletter: the upside of the future

We hope you are enjoying the summer – we're taking the opportunity to catch up on some reading (you will see the FT top summer reads mentioned later) in between moving to new offices.

Have you signed up to the Hot Spots Movement Facebook page? You can also find us at the Future of Work blog and we're also on Linked In. Lynda also has a Twitter feed and you can follow it here.

The Shift goes global!

We are excited to announce that The Shift will now be published in China, as well as Japan and Spain, to add to the growing list of countries. These are in addition to Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Portugal, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, and the United States. Click on the map to see just how the message is spreading!

Were you aware that there are some free resources available online? The team has put together some notes for businesses, children and government ministers on the Future of Work. Also, there is a workbook for you to download, to give you the opportunity to think more deeply about crafting your career. You can download any of these resources here.

Meanwhile, The Shift continues to get great reviews in the media. Here are a couple of examples: named by the Financial Times as one of its essential summer reads, and also reviewed in a Danish newspaper here.

Where you can hear Lynda speaking

Lynda has some really interesting public speaking engagements coming up in the autumn. The first is the Human Capital Summit in Singapore, September 28 – 29, where she will share the special research done on Asia for The Shift. You can read more here.

Then, we launch the Future of Work Research Consortium 3, first in Singapore on September 30, then London on October 5. More venues and dates will follow.

Lynda is also speaking at a talent management event on October 18 in Madrid, alongside Ken Blanchard, who wrote the One Minute Manager. You can read more here.

Upcoming open workshops from the Hot Spots / Future of Work team

Delegates from previous open workshops really appreciated the discussion and sharing of experiences with other delegates, and enjoyed the exercises, which were done in pairs, and were very interactive. We run the workshops in small groups, with two facilitators from the Hot Spots Movement, to maximise the engagement of the group, and to allow as much time as possible for discussion – and challenges!

The event in June was very successful, so we have designed three further workshops to open up for individual participation. All three will be held in London.

Trends and future proofing the company, October 20
In this workshop, we will look at the 20 key areas where most companies need to make changes in order to become future-proofed.

Collaboration, November 16
This day-long workshop will enable you to familiarise yourself with the complex team tools and methodology from the Hot Spots Movement. Together with a group of executives from other organisations, you will discover how to improve energy, performance, and innovation by enhancing your team's collaborative capability.

Future-proofing leaders, January 24
This workshop will cover the requirements of future leaders, and how the individual can future-proof his/her intellectual, social and emotional capital.

Registrations for all three workshops are open now; email Tina for more details.

Hot Spots Movement is moving!

Talking of collaboration and engagement, we have moved to new offices in London's Somerset House. This historic building has some amazing office space, filled with artistic and creative groups, and the environment is really buzzing. We are surrounded by companies involved in music, art and fashion, as well as new media groups and think tanks – very inspirational. And, as well as exhibitions and events in the complex, we have ice-skating to look forward to in the winter! We hope you'll come and visit us.

What are the smartest jobs? And are they the most powerful?

There is an excellent essay in Wired magazine about the smartest jobs Americans can have in the next 20 years. According to the writer Adam Davidson, we are seeing the emergence of a new "middle class": jobs that blur the line between blue- and white-collar jobs. They are innovative, high-tech and specialised, but in industries that are often seen as blue-collar – manufacture in old-fashioned sectors.

These jobs aren't in traditional hubs like New York and Chicago, but in new clusters. And, if you look at the graph of growth industries, you will see the biggest growth is in renewables and the environment (56.8 per cent), followed by the internet (29.8 per cent) and online publishing (29.1 per cent).

It seems as though it will take time for this new middle class to become real players: we had a look at Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women, and you would be hard-pushed to find anyone from those growth industries. Politics has its place (Michelle Obama, no.1, Angela Merkel, no.4, and Hillary Clinton, no.5) but showbusiness was more prevalent (Oprah in third place, Lady Gaga in seventh, Beyonce, no.9, and Ellen DeGeneres, no.10).

So how long until the future of work becomes the present? It is something we will be discussing over the next few months, as Lynda looks at these growth industries in tandem with the Future of Work.

The upside of the future

The Smart Manager published an article by Lynda on the positive side of the Future of Work, which we thought it was worth sharing – since everyone else seems to point to doom and gloom! She highlights four areas where we can be optimistic:

  • Co-creation: the multiplication of impact and energy
  • Social engagement: the rise of empathy and balance
  • Micro-entrepreneurship: crafting creative lives
  • The role of powerful women

You can read the article here.

Do companies realise their consumer is changing?

We talk a lot about how companies need to change in order to future-proof themselves for the next 20 years. And, while many companies have accepted that their workforce is changing, and they need to change systems and structures to match, they don't seem to be as quick to extrapolate that similar changes must be happening to their consumer.

We have long stressed the need for diverse teams, which function better, are more creative, and – according to this article in Harvard Business Review – are more intelligent. The article makes the case that collective intelligence is far more than the sum of its individual parts.

Diverse teams should be diverse in every facet: gender, culture, race and viewpoint. We need that diversity in teams in our workplace because this diversity best reflects the changing population – our consumers. Interestingly, about 85 per cent of all brand purchases are made by women, but only 3 per cent of advertising agency creative directors are women – looks like advertising is one of the industries most in need of diverse teams!

We will be covering this need for diversity in the Future of Work Research Consortium 3, which launches in October. Participant companies so far are: Abbott; Aria; BT Global Services; Centrica; Cisco; Fujitsu; IATA; John Lewis; KCOM Group PLC; Manpower; People in Aid; Pepsico; PWC; RBS; Save The Children; Shell; Standard Chartered; Tata Consultancy Services; and Tiaa Cref.

The four key themes for the consortium are: Technology Advance; Complex Collaboration; Future Leaders; and Generational Cohesion. We are really excited to be adding a new element to the six-month programme – jams. These are topical sessions, revolving around real-time collaborative online conversations.

If you would like to read more about what is involved in become a member of FOW3, just click here for a summary.

Lynda is shortlisted for HR award

We are delighted to announce that Lynda has been shortlisted in this year's Most Influential rankings in HR magazine. The final list will be unveiled in September.

Who's in our network?

Charles Fadel is an expert in 21st century skills, practitioner at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the author of a book on the subject. He got us thinking: we are calling for an overhaul of conventional structures and methodologies in the workplace, and he is doing the same for school curricula.

Charles is in favour of teaching more technology and engineering – which fits in with the growth industries as mentioned earlier – as well as teaching skills required for the modern world, such as teamwork, leadership and digital literacy

Blogwatch – websites we like

We have been reading the newsletter from THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. One of the recent posts was on how we should all learn from the comedian Chris Rock, and practice "experimental innovation". You can read more here. Or try the review of the book Is Google Making Us Stupid? which asks if the internet has turned us into "staccato" thinkers.

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