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Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like? | Video on TED.com

"Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them."

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This is a really awesome talk from Andrew McAfee about the freedom and responsibility we gain through our technological achievements. We cannot hope to draw back time and neglect the dramatic impact technology will have on the future of work and society. But we can adapt to these challenges by taking responsibility and challenging the traditional believes about our economic system!

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8 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Way We Work

8 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change the Way We Work | Future of Work | Scoop.it

"The "Internet of Things" (IoT) may sound like the futuristic wave of talking refrigerators and self-starting cars, but Internet-connected devices that communicate with one another will affect our lives outside the "smart home" as well."

Tina Egolf's insight:

Interesting impulse trying to connect two of the most game-changing topics of our future: Work and the Internet of Things.

 

The author talks about eight aspects how the IoT will affect our work life:
1. Even more data
2. Know where everything is, all the time
3. Get anywhere faster
4. Cheaper, greener manufacturing
5. Completely remote mobile device management (MDM)
6. Increased device management complexity
7. Save time and get more out of your day
8. You may actually have to work harder

 

The most interesting question, unfortunately only touched shortly at the end, is what a more intelligent environment means not only for our working habits but for how we define professional competence and valuable skills.

 

"IoT may make workers' lives easier on many levels, but Richardson said IoT also means big changes in every industry. "Every business and every industry will be disrupted over the next 30 years," Richardson said."

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Freedom at Work: A Maverick Hangout with Jody Thompson | MIX M-Prize

Freedom at Work: A Maverick Hangout with Jody Thompson | MIX M-Prize | Future of Work | Scoop.it

"So much of the conversation in business is about power: what you control (“I run a $200 million piece of the business”), who you control (“My 350 direct reports”), and how you control (org charts, pay grades, policy manuals)...What does it mean to manage an organization and lead people without control as your power tool? One obvious, but far from easy, answer: unleash more freedom."

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ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment) is one of the most exciting ideas about re-structuring the ways we work I have seen so far: 

 

// ROWE commandments

--Work isn’t a place you go, it’s something you do.

--Employees have the freedom to work any way they want

--Every meeting is optional

--Nobody talks about how many hours they work

--No judgment about how you spend your time //

 

The concept was developed already years ago and it might be far from beeing proven or totally elaborated. But taking freedom and self-responsibility as the foundation of organizational design is definitely the right direction! 

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We don't need a rethinking of management. We need a reworking of work.

We don't need a rethinking of management. We need a reworking of work. | Future of Work | Scoop.it

"So we don’t need a rethinking of management, we need a reworking of work: one that is in tune with 21st century realities and not the last echoes of 20th century management dogma."

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I totally agree. You can probably divide the current discussion about the "future of work" in two categories, both valuable but unfortunately insufficient: 1. management/leadership and 2. working styles (e.g. remote work, flexibility, collaboration tools etc.). To untap the innovative potential of the next generations, we need to challenge our organizational paradigms, not only concerning leadership but especially with regard to organizational structures.   

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