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Bill Jensen

CEO at The Jensen Group

Dix Hills, United States

15023 Followers

WHAT I DO: As Mr. Simplicity, I make it EASIER for you and your teams to do great work — doubling your productivity. As a global thought leader on the Future of Work, I make it EASIER for you to leap into tomorrow.

WHO I WORK WITH: American Express, Bank of America, BBC, Chevron, GE, Genentech, Gulfstream, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Merck, Pfizer, Philips Lighting, Proctor & Gamble, Ralston-Purina, Royal Bank of Canada, SAP, Shell, Swedish Post Office, US Navy SEALS, Ultimate Software, Vodafone Spain, Walt Disney World, World Bank.

WHAT THEY SAY:
“Bill's session was the BEST WE'VE EVER HAD! Simple, clear, actionable content.
Fabulous! Smooth, knowledgeable, fun. Bill is a treasure!”
~ Patricia Lin • Proctor & Gamble

“Bill Jensen skillfully explained how simplicity can help us achieve better results, and how it creates and transfers value throughout our organization. Now, we all realize that we have in our hands a new competitive advantage: Simplicity!”
~ Jamie Bustillo • CTO, Vodafone, Spain

“Using what you taught us, I’ve saved at least 10 hours just this week. My boss estimates your tools will save us over 10,000 hours!”
~ Sian Davies • Toyota UK

SPEAKING TOPICS: • AI, Analytics, IoT • Change • Culture • Communication • Digital Transformation • Disruption • Future of Work • Innovation • Leadership • Simplicity • Transformation

WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT: I’ve spend the past 30 years studying how work gets done. Over 1,000,000 interviewed and surveyed. I have my ears to the ground, listening to hum of daily To Dos, and my eyes to the future, watching for what comes next. I’m an IBM Futurist, and have conducted high-impact future of work research for multiple technology giants.

BEST-SELLING, DEEPLY RESEARCHED, AWESOME CONTENT: Nine best-selling books. Get his newest book, The Day Tomorrow Said No, for FREE: https://www.tomorrowsaidy.es

READY TO TALK? email me at bill@simplerwork.com, or visit my site at http://www.simplerwork.com.

SPEAKING BIO: http://bit.ly/2gMURKm (download)

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Dix Hills, NY
Speaking Topics: Future of Work, Transformation, Simplicity

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Theatre: North America
Media Experience: 35 years

Areas of Expertise

Agile
AI 30.08
Analytics
Big Data
Business Strategy
Change Management 54.50
COVID19 32.10
Culture 43.16
Customer Experience
Design Thinking
Digital Disruption 37.59
Digital Transformation 40.14
Edtech
Emerging Technology
Entrepreneurship
Fintech
Future of Work 54.49
Healthtech
HR 30.04
Innovation 30.31
IoT
Leadership 41.93
Management 39.59
Marketing
Open Innovation
Social 31.33
Health and Safety 30.56
Risk Management 30.16

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Agriculture & Mining
Automotive
Building Materials, Clay & Glass
Consumer Products
Engineering & Construction
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Forest Products & Paper
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Hospitality
Industrial Machinery & Components
Insurance
Manufacturing
Media
Oil & Gas
Other
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services
Retail
Telecommunications
Textiles Production
Travel & Transportation
Utilities
Wholesale Distribution

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Publications

38 Article/Blogs
The Future of Work Is Now
CEOWORLD Magazine
March 25, 2020
We have been dancing at the edge of the future of work for the past decade. Keeping our partnership with that future close enough to reap the amazing benefits of disruptive technologies, but at a safe enough social distance to ignore the messy truths and human costs attached to those disruptions.

Then came the coronavirus. Forcing massive disruptions upon us all. No place to hide from hidden human costs.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, COVID19

The Elephant in the Room That Most Leaders of the Future of Work Just Don't See
LinkedIn
February 10, 2020
The standard against which the workforce will evaluate all leaders, all training and development, all work experiences, all teaming experiences, and all of corporate IT is no longer a comparison of one company to another, or one boss to another, or one work experience to another.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Management, Future of Work

3 Amazing Steps to Great Meetings, As An ATTENDEE
LinkedIn
February 10, 2020
If you Google “How to run great meetings,” back comes 286,000,000 results. Whoa! So much advice! Google “How to attend meetings” and you get even more results! But… Most of that advice is prettly lame or pedestrian: Be on time, take notes, avoid distrations, pay attention, yada, yada. Since most of us will spend most of our worklives attending other people’s meetings, isn’t it about time we got more strategic advice about how we attend meetings? Gotcha covered! Three powerful steps...

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Culture

5 Profound Ways to Discover Your Life’s Work
LinkedIn
February 10, 2020
Imagine having a profound, plainspoken conversation with your loved ones. You share how you figured out what matters and what doesn’t. You speak with absolute conviction: This is what I stood for, believed in, struggled with, and accomplished. This is my life’s work, and what I want to be remembered for.

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Tags: Innovation, Management, Leadership

The Wicked Truth About Employee Motivation in the Age of AI and Automation
LinkedIn
February 10, 2020
From fear of robots taking over our lives, to automation being a threat to jobs, AI is creating impenetrable skills gaps and employee resistance to change.
The headline and subhead above are borrowed nearly word-for-word from a recent McKinsey post. Because, depending on your view and your paycheck, they either got everything right, or they got very little right.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Management

When Getting Their Attention Isn’t Enough… When You Need Behavioral Change
LinkedIn
February 10, 2020
We all know and experience how short attention spans are at work. Ridiculously short! (If you’re unclear how short yours is, take this test.)

But what about going beyond grabbing people’s attention… How do you communicate for behavioral change in an ADD World?

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Tags: Innovation, Social, Management

We Need a Business Revolution, And So Far, Our Leaders Are Failing Us
LinkedIn
February 10, 2020
“Capitalism, as we know it, is dead.”

…declared Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO, at this month’s Davos elite confab. “Stakeholder capitalism is finally hitting a tipping point,” he said. “Does that mean I have to fight for my employees? Yes. And yes… The planet is a key stakeholder. We’re in a planetary emergency.”

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Tags: Innovation, Management, Leadership

How to Understand and Survey Your Employees in Ways That Won’t Piss Them Off
LinkedIn
February 10, 2020
We’ve all been there, done that. Whether it’s your shopping experience, healthcare, gaming, restaurant, restroom, or workplace experience — everybody everywhere wants you to fill out their follow up survey or give them an experience score. And, after a while, we all feel like: “If I have to fill out one more damn survey, it automatically gets scored 0 out of ten smiley faces! ... Argh!”

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

The One Thing We All Need from the Future of Work
LinkedIn
January 06, 2020
Or: What I Learned About Your Needs Through Your Skillsoft Downloads
I'm blessed to have been asked to do lots of training videos for Skillsoft. Each quarter, I receive a report on how many videos were watched and used within corporate training programs. Every three months, I learn about you: What you need and want to further your career and personal development. From the latest report...

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Future of Work

Amazon: Poster Child for Widening the Gap Between the Two Futures of Work
LinkedIn
January 06, 2020
There are not one, but two futures of work. One is full of hope, a place where digital natives create a world of ever-expanding opportunities for those with the right skills, drive, and agility. Limitless possibilities! Wooohoo!

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Future of Work

How to Fix Leadership Development, 2020
LinkedIn
January 06, 2020
13 Essentials for Leading Simpler, Smarter Companies
Leadership matters. And the coming decade will put every leader through constant stress tests. After selecting individuals with the required drive, passion, and vision, how do we further develop leaders for the new, highly disruptive, Fourth Revolutionized future of work and business? Leaders who can lead and coach others in the art and discipline of doing less and accomplishing more. (Adapted from 10 Essentials in The Simplicity Survival Handbook by Bill Jensen [2003], and updated with most recent Jensen Future of Work research.)

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Tags: Innovation, Management, Leadership

2020 Simplified: Your Ultimate Path to Working Smarter
LinkedIn
January 06, 2020
Annual tradition in posting… Yearly coaching for clients… How to work smarter, not harder this year. In three simple steps.

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

How to Spot Tomorrow’s Great Places to Work, 2020
LinkedIn
January 06, 2020
Great workplaces will do right by you, focus on your well-being, trust you, and invest in you and your teammates. But tomorrow’s great places to work will also focus a lot more on your work and your life — helping you accomplish morebetterfaster in much more caring, healthy, joyful, and rewarding ways, and will also help you (not just them) succeed in what matters to you. (Adapted from 10 Essentials in The Simplicity Survival Handbook by Bill Jensen [2003], and updated with most recent Jensen Future of Work research.)

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Tags: Innovation, Management, Future of Work

9 Powerful Secrets to Successfully Managing Up
LinkedIn
January 06, 2020
Secrets created by a panel of senior vice presidents, on condition of anonymity — they didn’t want their C-suite bosses knowing that this is exactly how they were being managed by their direct reports.

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

The Future of Work Called: What Message Did It Leave?
LinkedIn
January 06, 2020
A while back, I asked that question of my community on Quora. Below is a sample of the many messages left. (Be sure to read the recap at the very bottom.)

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Future of Work

Want the Secret to a Super Healthy Future? Here It Is
LinkedIn
December 01, 2019
“As a physician, I was completely shocked. Most of us, when we think about health, we think about diet, exercise, sleep, the occasional trip to the doctor. But it’s really quite striking because there are decades of evidence that show that, in fact, probably the biggest contributor to our health is…” ~Dr. Kelli Harding, professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, and researcher on the biggest factors that determine our health and wellbeing.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Health and Safety

Your Future: Foretold By An Old Blind Woman
LinkedIn
November 29, 2019
Please. Take a moment, mindfully, in unbroken attention and presence, to read the following words.

They were spoken by the brilliant Toni Morrison, during her Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1993. She passed away just a few months ago, yet her presence and soulful written voice will be with us for generations to come. (For brevity, I’ve excerpted only a small portion of her talk. You can read or listen to the entire speech at the link above.)

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

When You’re the Victim: Secondary Trauma, Compassion Fatigue
LinkedIn
November 29, 2019
“When we are constantly serving others, often between 25 and 125 students each day, our emotional piggy banks are constantly being drawn upon. After a while, it can become so depleted, that we just can't bear it anymore. They call it ‘secondary trauma’ and ‘compassion fatigue,’ the concept that we absorb the traumas our students share with us each day.” ~ Sydney Jensen, Teacher.

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

Let’s Please Be Honest: There are Two Futures of Work
LinkedIn
November 29, 2019
“There are two futures of work.

“One is quite dark and dystopian. There will be increasing polarization; and an increasing view that there are a few that win very big, and many that lose. That’s unfortunately the future of work that we are headed towards.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Future of Work

Why Your Next Transformation Should Be ‘All In’
LinkedIn
November 29, 2019
“Making big moves tends to reduce the risk profile and adds more upside than downside. The way we explain this to senior executives is that when you’re parked on the side of a volcano, staying put is your riskiest move.” That’s how McKinsey recently explained that business transformations in 2020-and-beyond need to go ‘all in’ — that, in a highly disruptive world, making bigger, bolder moves is the safest bet.

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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Risk Management

How’s Your 2020 Vision? Are You Ready?
LinkedIn
November 29, 2019
The last time a tech-driven moment was so critical to the dawn of a new decade was Y2K. And that was for not-so-great reasons. Would the entire world crash because original computer programming did not anticipate twenty-first-century dates? Whew! We all survived!

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

When It Comes to Your Future: Who Do You Trust?
LinkedIn
November 29, 2019
According to a recent study by Oracle, more people trust a robot than their manager.

When asked what robots can do better than their managers, survey respondents said robots are better at providing unbiased information (26%), maintaining work schedules (34%), problem solving (29%) and managing a budget (26%).

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Future of Work

The Best Six Minutes You’ll Ever Spend
LinkedIn
October 07, 2019
At first, it was just research. A podcast specifically designed for short attention spans. Each one, only six minutes long. Cool. As I spend so much of my time consulting on and coaching about short attention spans in companies, surely there’s something here I could learn more about!

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

2019 Simplified: Your Ultimate Path to Working Smarter
linkedin
January 02, 2019
Annual tradition in posting… Yearly coaching for clients… How to work smarter, not harder this year. In three simple steps.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

In 2019: Change the Conversation About What Really Matters
linkedin
January 02, 2019
This post is one of a series of powerful, eye-opening future of work results from a newly released study by Ultimate Software/Jensen Group: Reimagining HR for the Augmented Era. (Link: Download full study)

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Tags: Future of Work

Future of Work: How We Doin’?
linkedin
January 02, 2019
This post is one of a series of powerful, eye-opening future of work results from a newly released study by Ultimate Software/Jensen Group: Reimagining HR for the Augmented Era. (Link: Download full study)

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Tags: Future of Work

2019: What We Can Learn from Our Hopes and Fears
linkedin
January 02, 2019
This post is one of a series of powerful, eye-opening future of work results from a newly released study by Ultimate Software/Jensen Group: Reimagining HR for the Augmented Era. (Link: Download full study)

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Tags: Future of Work

Skills Shifting: Required for a Successful 2019
linkedin
January 02, 2019
Until now, most of us have been able to coast, and ignore many futuristic shifts. For most of us, most work has been done the same way as it has for the past decade or two, with a few new shiny objects bolted on around the edges.

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Tags: Future of Work

We, the workforce, deserve a better return on our investment
Import from medium.com
July 30, 2017
15years ago this fall, I published my second book, Work 2.0. Based on my earliest research into the future of work, that book contained The New Work Contract (below).My team and I revisited it five years ago, and found that, even though the digital and work revolutions unfolded in ways no one could

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Tags: HR

This Is Why Curiosity Will Rule the Future
Import from medium.com
July 25, 2017
Part 2 of my wide-ranging conversation with Marcus Weldon, CTO at Nokia and President of Bell Labs. In Part 1, we discussed a new Bell Labs research paper that predicts exactly when long-promised New Era of Productivity will begin.What makes you, personally, future strong?Weldon: “I have this de

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Tags: Leadership

Will Today’s Digital Transformations Finally Create a New Era of Productivity?
Import from medium.com
July 19, 2017
I recently had a fantastic and wide-ranging conversation with one of the leaders of today’s tech revolution, Marcus Weldon, Nokia CTO and President of Bell Labs.We discussed the future of work, the difficulties of taking AI to the next level, and the leadership challenges we all face in the comin

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Tags: Leadership

Is this Monk Creating the Future of Work?
Import from medium.com
April 23, 2017
While we debate the upsides and pitfalls of moving away from 20th century hierarchies, into wirearchies, and self-managed systems like holacracies and more… There’s a monk in Newark, New Jersey who created 21st century organizational strategies and structures back in the 1970s. We can learn a lo

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Tags: Leadership

Tracking Your Leap Into the Future
Import from medium.com
April 23, 2017
Future Strong: Five Driving BehaviorsFive things your data told me about your future.After more than five years of research and development, and hundreds of thousands of data points across the globe in all markets, my teammates at Global Learning and I just released our Future Strong Assessment too

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Working Smarter: The Ultimate Approach
Import from medium.com
February 26, 2017
Just two tips cover EVERYTHING!There’s an amazing community of Work Smarter authors and How To experts across the globe. But we’re usually never in the same place at the same time. David Burkus, author of Under New Management, just did something no company or conference has ever achieved.He just

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Tags: Leadership

Your Two Toughest Challenges in 2017
Import from medium.com
January 15, 2017
The most difficult work you’ll face this year may not be what you think it is.And… It’s easier than you think… Once you embrace it.That hard work is making a couple really tough choices. Not DarthVader/ Luke-like choices, where there are clear and distinct good and bad sides. Those are rel

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The AI Conversation We Must Have
Import from medium.com
January 10, 2017
Before it is thrust upon us by workplace tsunamisAs an IBM futurist and influencer, I was honored to be part of the World of Watson event (#ibmwow) two months ago in Vegas. Since then, one presentation has been rambling around my soul and my brain.Shannon Vallor, is Chair of the Department of Philo

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How CES Wonders Arrive at the Workplace
Import from medium.com
January 10, 2017
Seven ways the 2017 Consumer Electronics Gadget-Palooza will change how you workHere’s the ‘secret’ that so few leaders and change/leadership/management consultancies get: 100% of all consumers also work.Which means, if you know what to look for: Most every consumer trend and behavior today

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2017’s Most CrazyCrucial Trends, Simplified
Import from medium.com
January 09, 2017
Your Year, in Four StoriesFor more than three decades, I have worked on just one thing: Simplifying the craziness that comes at us and that we create.I’ve always focused that effort on the changing nature of work and the future of work?—?narrowing that focus even further by studying the hu

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8 Books
Simplicity
Perseus
February 02, 2019
FIRST OF 8 BESTSELLERS. SEE http://www.simplerwork.com/books/ FOR ALL 8 BOOKS. Making the complex clear and simple, making work simpler. Number 5 Leadership/ Management book on Amazon in 2000. While sitting among the best-seller list was nice, the acclaim that made him most proud was being called a knowledge worker’s Studs Terkel. “I focus on how real people get read work done,” he says.

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Tags: Change Management, Culture, Leadership

Work 2.0
Perseus
February 02, 2019
SECOND OF 8 BESTSELLERS. SEE http://www.simplerwork.com/books/ FOR ALL 8 BOOKS. Bill Jensen foresaw the current workplace changes long before they occurred. Many of today’s biggest organizational and work shifts were predicted in Work 2.0.

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Tags: Change Management, Culture, Leadership

Simplicity Survival Handbook
Perseus
February 02, 2019
THIRD OF 8 BESTSELLERS. SEE http://www.simplerwork.com/books/ FOR ALL 8 BOOKS. Detailed How To follow-up to Simplicity. These How Tos are still among Bill’s most valuable tips when speaking and conducting workshops with corporate audiences.

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Tags: Change Management, Culture, Leadership

What Is Your Life's Work?
Harper Collins
February 02, 2019
FOURTH OF 8 BESTSELLERS. SEE http://www.simplerwork.com/books/ FOR ALL 8 BOOKS. Among Bill’s most deeply personal books. In it he captures the intimate exchanges between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and caring teammates, all talking about what matters at work and in life. Thousands of participants wrote what became known as legacy letters — one- to three-page letters to loved ones about the love- and value-based legacy they wished to leave behind.

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Tags: Change Management, Leadership, Management

Hacking Work
Portfolio/Penguin
February 02, 2019
FIFTH OF 8 BESTSELLERS. SEE http://www.simplerwork.com/books/ FOR ALL 8 BOOKS. Named by Harvard Business Review as one of the top breakthrough books of that year. It revealed how the workforce was becoming an army of benevolent hackers, working around corporate bureaucracies that simply were not changing fast enough to meet marketplace demands.

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Tags: Change Management, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

The Courage Within Us
NetMinds
February 02, 2019
SIXTH OF 8 BESTSELLERS. SEE http://www.simplerwork.com/books/ FOR ALL 8 BOOKS. Revealed the secrets of 100 great disruptive heroes on how to thrive and take advantage of continuous disruptions, disorder, disarray, and change.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Future of Work, Leadership

Disrupt! Think Epic, Be Epic
NetMinds
February 02, 2019
SEVENTH OF 8 BESTSELLERS. SEE http://www.simplerwork.com/books/ FOR ALL 8 BOOKS. Revealed the secrets of 100 great disruptive heroes on how to thrive and take advantage of continuous disruptions, disorder, disarray, and change.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Future of Work, Leadership

Future Strong
Motivational Press
February 02, 2019
EIGHTH OF 8 BESTSELLERS. SEE http://www.simplerwork.com/books/ FOR ALL 8 BOOKS. Maps the five toughest choices each of us must make to create our best futures. It is based upon Bill’s breakthrough research, studying the future of work through the lens of deeply personal individual choices.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Future of Work

Radar

1 Prediction
2021 Predictions for Future of Work

Date : October 08, 2020

2021 will determine whether we have the courage to address the most wicked future of work issues that arose from the flames of the 2020 global dumpster fire. The top three: 1. Will we finally acknowledge and address that we’re leaving far too many people behind? 2. Will the workforce finally step up and demand more control of their lives (as 2020 decimated so many must-be-in-the-office/must-be-tightly-managed practices)? 3. Will companies finally step up to people development and empowerment needs that are decades old and were forced on them by COVID-19?

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Blog

2 Article/Blogs
Why Introspection Matters During the Pandemic
Thinkers360
January 02, 2021
Thirty-five years ago my parents joined me at my business launch party at my penthouse offices in Soho, New York. My own new firm — no more working for anyone else! Woohoo!

My father was a retired cop and moved on to cleaning plane interiors for American Airlines. In the middle of the party he asked: “Where’s your security?” He didn’t mean bouncers or guards. Nor was he asking about financial security from angel investors. (Although Mom was one, and never told him!) He meant: “How will you be able to afford a home, or retire? Where’s your long-term security?”

“Here, Dad,” I replied, pointing repeatedly to my chest. “Here.”

Every self-driven and agile individual has a similar story: Belief in oneself, our vision, our drive, and our passions is what keeps us going during the toughest situations.

But few of us have experienced anything like the dumpster fire known as COVID-19, 2020. By mid-year, more than 100,000 small businesses were forever shuttered. And that trend only grew as the next wave of the pandemic hit. Many firms that received PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loans eventually filed for bankruptcy.

2020 was tough on all of us! Belief in oneself, our vision, and our personal agility are no longer enough. We need more. We need family. teammate, and community support. We need government support. And we need more openness about our hardships.

Owning Our Hardship Truths, Recognizing Personal Growth

In coaching senior executives across the globe who face transformational decisions, I’ve found that the most important pre-work is introspection — understanding the personal challenges interwoven within business challenges. That’s especially true for all of us that survived 2020!

None of us likes admitting failure. At heart: we’re eternal optimists. Our DNA is to always believe in our personal ability to adapt, overcome, and succeed.

Yet precious few of us create the time to process personal growth in-the-moment. We’re too busy trying to create a 25th hour in the day so we can get more done!

But process, we must. With insight, our hardships become our renewed source of strength and perserverence. Introspection jumpstarts successful pandemic leadership.

During the past year I’ve asked hundreds of executives one question, based on their 2020 COVID-19 experiences: What’s the biggest thing you learned about YOU in the past few months?

Across the globe and across many industries, two universal lessons-learned have emerged:

• Family matters most. Forced to work from home, many of us have reconnected with the most primal of needs — family. Entrepreneurs, self-starters, and hyper-driven individuals often forget this. Our business creations and successes sometimes supersede all else. (I was one of those guilty of this. Sixteen years ago, one of the contributing factors to my divorce was an obsessive focus on my business.)

• “Wow! I hadn’t realized how resilient I am!” During crises, adapting every moment of every day becomes almost routine. Because your focus has been on gazillions of external pandemic forces — like new safety protocals, creating new revenue streams, and just keeping the business alive or your paychecks coming — few of us appreciate how much personal transformation we just experienced.

Your Story: Why Introspection Matters During the Pandemic

Self-awareness and self-care is key to all leaders’ success. You can’t succeed in the marketplace if you’re not taking care of yourself and not fully aware of your strengths and weaknesses. But let’s put that aside for the moment.

Your teammates, your suppliers, and your customers were all thrashing about with you in that 2020 dumpster fire. They need your empathy, your support, your attention, your compassion, and they’d benefit from your story — hearing about your vulnerability, your challenges, your lessons learned, what you went through with them.

Your 2020 experiences — your story — are among your key leadership tools in helping others get through one of the most disruptive and challenging years they’ll ever experience.

And that leadership begins with understanding what you yourself just went through.


Bill Jensen makes it easier to leap into tomorrow. He is CEO of The Jensen Group, is ranked as a Top Ten Global Thought Leader on Digital Disruption, and is an IBM futurist. His next book is The Day Tomorrow Said No, which maps how to create our best future of work. Download your free copy here: https://www.tomorrowsaidy.es

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Tags: COVID19, Future of Work

The Future of Work Is Now
Thinkers360
December 26, 2020
“A crisis is made by men, who enter into the crisis with their own prejudices, propensities, and predispositions. A crisis is the sum of intuition and blind spots, a blend of facts noted and facts ignored.”
— Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain


We have been dancing at the edge the future of work for the past decade. Keeping our partnership with that future close enough to reap the amazing benefits of disruptive technologies, but at a safe enough social distance to ignore the messy truths and human costs attached to those disruptions.

Then came the dumpster fire known as 2020. COVID-19 forced massive disruptions upon us all. No place to hide from hidden human costs.

Suddenly, everything changed.

Companies and managers who had forever insisted that employees remain desk-bound to ensure proper supervision suddenly found ways to make teleworking work; school districts that were stuck in the 20th century suddenly found new ways to teach, evaluate students, and keep track of learning; every organization in every industry completely rethought every aspect of work.

Suddenly, teachers, healthcare workers, grocery store employees, community food pantries, and delivery people became far more important than NBA players, pop-stars, and all who we had worshipped just days earlier.

The need for major changes was not tied solely to a global pandemic. They had been there all along, as part of the coming disruptive future of work.

The most direct path to that future is not paved with disruptions caused by viruses or technologies like AI, 5G, or the Internet of Things. It is paved by those who are bold and brave enough to get past their own limiting beliefs.

Where Will Your Leadership Take Us?
Pandemics are one of four biblical horsemen [ https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/03/17/Ten-Ways-Pandemics-Change-Humanity/ ] creating clarity, meaning in our lives, and shaping the rest of human history. As Andrew Nikiforuk [ http://andrewnikiforuk.com ] wrote decades ago in his book, The Fourth Horseman, pandemics may seem to be random events, but they are actually the result of systemic vulnerabilities we’ve created ourselves.

The same is true about how today’s leaders are approaching the future of work. Are you creating the next apocalypse or several decades of abundance? Your ability to move past your current prejudices, propensities, and predispositions may be the deciding factor.

Once the current coronavirus crisis is over, we need you focused on the coming Era of AI. What you do, how you lead, how you plan, truly matters to us all.

You are the translator between extremely disruptive digital transformations and those we wish to empower to do their best. You are the difference between everyone soaring to new heights or having a robopocalypse forced upon them.

More than ever, we need you to understand how major changes in technologies impact human behavior, needs, performance, and motivation.

This is your legacy moment. We are at the edge, advancing towards a tech-driven future that has lost major chunks of its humanity. How do you as a leader ensure that we build a more human-centered future? The fierce urgency of tomorrow begins today.

4 Ways to Use Today’s Pandemic to Jumpstart the Future of Work

1. Take Stock. Reflect. Reimagine the Possibilities.
This could be one of the top five societal moments in your life that radically impacts your thinking. Within just weeks, most every system you use has been disrupted. Are you disrupting yourself and your pre-conceived ideas at the same pace, with the same intensity? Define success in a month or two as: How radically has your thinking changed because of this historic moment?

2. Study the Soft Stuff Behind Virus-Driven Teleworking Changes.
We’ve had teleworking technologies for decades, and they keep getting better and cheaper. Technology has never been the issue. The real reasons teleworking has been limited until now: Not trusting your people to manage themselves, and treating employees as costs to be managed instead of assets to be freed and leveraged. What have you learned about freeing human potential because of this crisis? How have you reimagined productivity, learning, and personal development across the company because of this crisis?

3. Discover Your People’s Real-Life Stories.
The reason that Undercover Boss is compelling reality TV is that it takes executives out of the C-suite and exposes them to the human dramas and life challenges behind each employee’s work. Use this crisis to get to know the real-world difficulties and struggles of at least five of your employees. For decades, I have asked senior executives to spend a day doing frontline jobs, and every leader said it was one of their most eye-opening professional experiences. What have you learned about your people because of this crisis?

4. What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be?
This crisis has afforded each of us the opportunity to reexamine and reimagine what truly matters. How has this crisis caused you to rethink the impact you wish to have on the world? If it’s not bigger and bolder than when the crisis began, return to Number 1: Reflect and Reimagine.

The future of work is now. The pandemic crisis is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world differently, to lead differently, to make a difference in more profound ways than you ever imagined. Go for it!


Bill Jensen makes it easier to leap into tomorrow. He is CEO of The Jensen Group, is ranked as a Top Ten Global Thought Leader on Digital Disruption, Top 5 Thought Leader on the Future of Work, and is an IBM futurist. His newest book is The Day Tomorrow Said No, which maps how to create our best future of work. Download your free copy here: https://www.tomorrowsaidy.es

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