Blogging superstar, consultant and entrepreneur Chris Brogan posts his opinion on the future of work:
- Work Will Be Modular
- Work Will Be Mobile
- Work Will Be Cause-Balanced
- Work Will Be Smaller and Bigger
- Work Will Be More Goal-Aligned
I really agree with Brogan’s take on modular work, where the unit of measure of work for most people will be project-based. He likens this idea to the way that the film industry works, where teams are assembled on an as-needed basis for the given project. I see this happen a lot in the construction defect litigation industry: teams of consultants from separate firms come together on specific projects to offer their unique talents, as needed.
Regarding mobile work, I also see this happening more. I recently posted a video of Jason Fried (founder of 37 Signals) discussing this topic in more detail.
On Brogan’s last point, “work will be more goal-aligned,” I see this happening if for no other reason than the influence of Gen Y (why?) workers’ disillusionment with the failed models of business that exist today. False sense of entitlement or not, I don’t see anything wrong with pursuing business that is personally rewarding and aligned with one’s goals. But then I’ve always been somewhat of a contrarian…