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The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All

The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All

Julie Clow

ISBN: 978-1-118-23984-1

Mar 2012

240 pages



Embrace connectivity, increase empowerment, and achieve better work-life blending

We live in a new age of global companies, hyper-access to information, and accessibility to tools that enable us to bring any idea life. Strangely, our workplaces are lagging behind the promise of this open and collaborative world. Most organizations are rule-based, top-down, dreary environments optimized for conformity and little else. The Work Revolution creates a compelling portrait of a different kind of work.

“I believe that freedom in the workplace is worth fighting for and that every person and every organization can be excellent.”

Julie Clow articulates the rules we follow today in our work force, the reasons they no longer work, and what we can do instead. The Work Revolution deconstructs the magic behind thriving, liberated organizations (such as Google) into clear principles that any individual, leader, and organization can adopt to create sustainable and engaging lives.

  • Provides actionable changes anyone can make, regardless of where they work, to create a more sustainable work-life blend
  • Details concrete ways to influence existing organizations to change
  • Guides leaders to make tangible changes in their teams to enable greater autonomy and impact
  • Outlines organizational culture principles that support and nurture high-performance and healthy environments, providing clear options for instituting cultural change based on specific organizational challenges

Rejecting productivity Band-Aids and quick fixes, The Work Revolution conceptualizes a completely new workplace that embraces the always-connected reality to create organizations in which high achievers can sustainably thrive.

Preface xi

Chapter 1 This Thing We Call Work 1

Chapter 2 Signs We Have It Wrong 19

Chapter 3 The New Rules 39

Chapter 4 Impact, Not Activities 61

Chapter 5 Energy, Not Schedules 93

Chapter 6 Strengths, Not Job Slots 125

Chapter 7 The Right Things, Not Everything 157

Chapter 8 Grassroots, Not Top-Down 181

Chapter 9 Conclusion 207

Epilogue 217

Appendix 223

Notes 231

Acknowledgments 239

About the Author 243

Index 245