I'm more than a bit behind on my book reviews, which is why it's taken me so long to get to Jacob Morgan's excellent book, The Future of Work.
Morgan is one of the leading futurists examining work, so it comes as no surprise he does a great job of describing the forces that are changing work and explaining how organizations and their leaders can successfully respond to these changes.
The rest of the book focuses on how firms can successfully navigate these trends and become successful "Future Organizations".
The book culminates with a chapter than covers the "Fourteen Principles of the Future Organization".
These principles provide actionable guidance on the changes required for future business and work success.
As someone who focuses on independent work, I really enjoyed chapter 4, The Freelancer Economy.
It nicely summarizes trends driving the growth of the freelance economy.
I also found the chapter 3, "Seven Principles of the Future Employee" quite interesting. I will cover this chapter in more detail in another post in the near future.
The strength of this book is how well it synthesizes the wide range of trends driving the future of work. This synthesis provides both an excellent primer on the future of work as well as useful guidance on how to prepare for these changes.
Those who follow future of work trends closely may feel little new ground is covered. I agree, but this misses the point.
"The Future of Work" organizes and explains a very complex topic in a way that's easily understood. This makes this book a valuable resource and well worth reading by anyone trying to understand the future of work.