There are a wealth of resources that are available to those that are interested in Thinking Different about work and their approach to making a living. Over time we will provide an increasing range of resources that should provide guidance, understanding and skills in pursuing new opportunities.
Resources may be books, articles, web sites or other items of benefit to anyone looking for new knowledge.
With the subtitle The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What it Means for You this book covers in great detail how corporations are changing in response to the environment they find themselves. The concept of "protean" is described as "shape shifting", almost like a protozoa. Corporations need to be lean and responsive to remain profitable.
The organization and architecture of the protean corporation is completely different than a vertically integrated corporation of the past. A true protean corporation has few employees even though the organization may be very large. By focusing on contractors and projects as a strategy for getting the work of the organization done, a corporation avoids much of the inefficiencies of building a permanent organization.
This is both a threat and an opportunity for those in the workforce today. Those that can seize the opportunity and adjust their thinking and approach to work, will thrive, and those that rely on traditional jobs will find themselves continually frustrated.
This is an excellent read and does a fine job of making the case for why this is the way things need to be in the fast-paced, ever changing world of business today.
Never Get A Real Job by Scott Gerber is a jarring and irreverent look at traditional jobs. His take no prisoners approach makes the point that things are changing in the world and you really need to develop entrepreneurial skills whether in your current job or in starting your own company.
Scott is young, brash and unapologetic in his approach. And his guidance about starting a business and running it effectively is right on.
This book is a great place to start if you're embarking on a process of exploring your options in the new economy.
One of the better presentations on change in our world is called Shift Happens and was originally put together by Karl Fisch to stimulate some conversation in his Denver area school. The presentation is getting a little dated but still does an excellent job of framing the realities of change. For example, you may chuckle at the reference to MySpace in the presentation, as this social media web site has pretty much faded into irrelevancy, but it serves as an important reminder of how quickly things really do change.
Like the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland comments, "...it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!".
Here is Shift Happens
more unemployed American workers started a business in 2009 than in 2008.