Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degree of freedom?” – Buckminster Fuller, via @decasteve
“Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.” – Peter Drucker, via @africadean
‘We are moving to a more abstract world. It is a world where it becomes harder to think about “productivity”, a concept that was invented to measure the output of factories. What is the “productivity” of a given Google engineer? The question is much less meaningful than if you had asked about the productivity of the average factory worker from 1950.’
‘It’s not that they are getting rid of low performers…it’s just that every extra employee impedes agility. It’s the complete opposite of “employees are our greatest asset.”
I suspect one of the surprising benefits of the gig economy / on-demand workforce is that organizations will find it refreshing to have fewer full-time employees to manage. It means fewer layers, less people in meetings, fewer steps between each employee and customers, and less politics.’
1. Why are you freelancing?
2. What are your key strengths?
3. What are your customer’s needs?
4. Can your bank account handle the transition?
FastCompany: Welcome To The Share The Crumbs Economy
“That’s why the share-the-crumbs economy is more than a labor tragedy—it’s an existential challenge. In short, the gurus of the sharing economy have been at the vanguard of an audacious attempt to forge an economic system in which individuals and businesses with “more money than time” are able to use faceless interactions via brokerage websites and apps to force an online bidding war among lower-income people to see who will charge the least for their labor, or to rent out their personal property (such as their car or home). If everyone is consigned to doing piecework, and no one knows when the next job will come, or how much it will pay, what kind of private lives can we have, and what kind of relationships or families?”
“Organizations need A leader” [not THE leader] – via @anthonyonesto