JUN 2014.



A selection of our favourite quotes from people we’ve been talking to over the past few weeks.

“In the future of work, digital will empower people to own their careers, work flexibly, voice their opinions and own their development.” - Nupur Singh Mallick, Head HR-TCS UK&I Tata Consultancy Services

“We place decision making as close to customers as possible, with each of our UNIQLO stores able to choose the store layout and sales plan that suits them. We call this Zen-in Keiei, which translates to mean “everyone is a business manager”. We believe this democratic approach surfaces the best ideas.”Lynda Tyler, Group Officer and Senior Vice President HR at Fast Retailing



It’s been an exciting month here at the Hot Spots Movement as we worked with Lynda Gratton to launch her latest book The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems. As well as giving an interview to the BBC’s Peter Day and providing an overview of the book in a launch webinar, Lynda threw a launch party for family, friends and colleagues at the RSA in London. Among the attendees was Charles Handy, to whom the book is dedicated, who also gave a short speech.

The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems, is available from Amazon.com. You can also learn more about the book by watching the introductory video on Lynda’s website.


Lynda was at the RSA this month to give a talk on the topic of Corporations as a Force for Good. In the talk, Lynda mapped out the ways in which bringing resilience to a fragile world can start with what happens inside a corporation – when intelligence and wisdom is amplified, emotional vitality enhanced and social connections harnessed. Drawing on themes close to the RSA’s aim of enriching society through ideas and action, she also focused on how leaders can leverage this inner resilience to help solve global problems, she looked at how corporation’s innovative scaling, mobilising and alliance building capabilities are unique tools for combating global ills.

FoW in Japan

Lynda and Emma spent a week in Japan this month, with activities including a workshop for our Future of Work Consortium members, the Nikkei Women’s Summit and interviews with Japanese media.

The trip started with a FoW workshop addressing a number of key global trends, including hyperconnectivity, the rebalancing of financial markets, longer working lives, the hollowing out of work, climate change and the rise of poverty and inequality. Kindly hosted by Kokuyo, the workshop also included delegates from Fast Retailing and Ricoh, amongst others. More

WHO’S IN OUR NETWORK? – Stewart Friedman

Wharton Practice Professor of Management Stewart Friedman is not only one of Lynda’s fellow Thinkers50 alumni, he’s also one of the leading academic experts on work/life integration. As leader of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project and author of Work and Families – Allies or Enemies? Stewart and Lynda’s areas of research are often complementary, and we’re always interested to hear about what he’s doing. Stewart has been widely recognised as one of the most influential people when it comes to improving the lives of working families and bringing the issues around work-life integration to public attention. We also think it’s refreshing that his most recent book, Baby Bust, focuses on the choices that both women and men have to make around family life. We recommend checking out Stewart’s recent article in Harvard Business Review and following him on Twitter.


Is your internal social media platform being used to its full potential? We’ve found that while many companies have invested money, time and effort into integrating internal social media platforms with their existing platforms, they find bringing people together on these platforms to engage in meaningful exchanges a complex and daunting prospect. So what can you do to ensure you extract convincing results and insights?

At the Hot Spots Movement, we have spent the past five years developing our FoWlab process to create and support online collaboration within organisations. We know what works well and what to avoid, and we are now offering our expertise and experience to help organisations derive more effective engagement with their employees by running jams on their own internal platforms. We provide supported practices, processes and training to help companies engage their employees online and tackle their most complex organisational challenges.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you make the most of your internal social media platforms, contact keith@hotspotsmovement.com.


Tune into the BBC World Service on Saturday 28th June to hear Lynda Gratton being interviewed by Peter Day for his Global Business programme. You can also listen to the programme through the website after the initial broadcast.

Lynda’s will be participating in Dr Tanvi Gautam’s next #indiahrchat on 30th July at 2.30pm BST – the discussion is on the topic of Co-creating Meaningful Careers and we’ll be joining in, too. You can find out more about the event on Tanvi’s LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

Did you know you can sign up for FoW membership year round? Join 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.

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