It’s been about two months since I’ve stepped into my encore career and announced my new role at Gloat. During my first weeks on the job, I kept coming back to the same question: what do I want to accomplish as our first-ever VP of Insights and Impact?
Ultimately, I want to help our clients, businesses and organizations around the world enact the kinds of transformational changes that they’ll need for the next chapter of work. With so much uncertainty in our world today, crafting a path forward isn’t easy. However, if we keep our fingers on the pulse of workplace trends and embrace experimentation, I think it’s possible.
The real challenge that we’re all facing right now is that we must make sense of a world of work that is changing dramatically, not just moving faster, and rapidly evolving beyond many of the mental models, management practices, and organizational structures we’ve relied on for decades. To truly thrive in the future of work, we need to identify the emerging forces shaping the workplaces and workforces of the 2020s and to do that, we need to absorb as much of the great writing, research, and discussions happening around the workplace as we can.
In my announcement, I joked that I didn’t retire from Deloitte, but instead graduated. 25 years as a management consulting partner has reinforced my belief that best practices are meaningful when they are grounded in data, insights, and information. In addition, we’re not only looking for best practices, we’re also looking for next practices. So when I sat down to write my book, WORK DISRUPTED, I combed through countless pieces of research and conducted dozens of interviews to understand what was working and how to frame the work and world ahead– not just looking backwards, but looking forward as well.
I’ve taken this love of research and my innate sense of curiosity with me, and it’s going to underpin what I do here at Gloat. Since a big part of my own mission is to help businesses prepare for the future of work, the last thing I’d want to do is keep these insights to myself. Instead, I’m going to share what I’m listening to, reading, and thinking about, so that we can all get our hands on the insights needed to make a real impact.
Every month (that’s the goal!) I’ll be curating a selection of pieces that shaped my thinking about the topics at the intersection of the future of work and talent marketplaces. It felt natural to begin with The Great Resignation, which I have also referred to as the Great Reassessment, since this theme has dominated many HR and business conversations this summer. It also promises to profoundly influence the way we manage talent and the systems we put in place to set our people up for success.
While there are a lot of Great Resignation titles worth exploring, here are some of the highlights that I think every business leader will, I trust, find valuable: