Author(s): Lynda Gratton
Work: love it or hate it, it's an all-consuming part of our society, it's changing fast, and the impact on our working lives will be extraordinary. We are now facing a revolution in the way we work. Low carbon economies, new technology and globalisation are fundamentally transforming much of what we take for granted. Middle managers are disappearing. The working week is collapsing. And now more than ever, our careers are governed by global forces. Why will things change so quickly? What will these changes look like? Who will benefit and who will suffer? How do we navigate our career through these times? In 'The Shift', Professor at London Business School Lynda Gratton takes a look ground-breaking look at the five forces that will fundamentally change the way we work in the next ten to fifteen years. Having collaborated with companies around the world for the past three years, she has drawn up a guidebook for the future of work, instructing you how to harness specialisation, connections, enthusiasm and make the three key shifts essential for survival.
'A compendium of modern management and social science theories ... the novelty of Gratton's book is her synthesis of so many contemporary ideas about the changes to our working lives' - FINANCIAL TIMES (book of the year) 'Uses historical context brilliantly to put the megatrends ... into perspective ... simply brilliant. Inspirational and provocative' HR MAGAZINE 'Sensible, informative and wise' - EASTERN DAILY PRESS 'This book helped me think about the future from a people perspective as no other book has' - PEOPLE MANAGEMENT
Lynda Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement. She has written six books and numerous academic articles and is considered one of the world's authorities on people in organizations. She has been ranked by The Times as one of the top 20 Business Thinkers in the world today and by The Financial Times selected her as the business thinker most likely to make a real difference over the next decade. She was also in the top two of the Human Resources Magazine's "HR Top 100: Most Influential" poll and actively advises companies across the world. In November 2010 in New York, Lynda was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.