Why Women Will Thrive in Tomorrow’s Complex, Connected, and Decentralized Workplace

golden-woman's-vectorFollowing is an excerpt from “WOMEN LEAD – Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders”, Edited by Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Courtney L. Vien, and Caroline Molina-Ray

The Future of Work

It’s Tuesday morning, and you’re at the office. But tomorrow, you won’t be here. You’re taking your elderly mom to the dentist in the morning, and then settling down to work from your favorite coffee shop. You’ll check in with your coworkers on your smartphone several times during the morning, just in case they need you, but you won’t keep track of how many hours you’ve worked. Nobody’s checking, anyway. As long as you get your work done on time and do it well, your employer’s happy.

You’re nearing the end of the project you’ve been working on the past few months, so you check the company intranet to see what new projects you might be qualified to join. There’s one that really interests you and seems to exactly fit your niche. You’re not familiar with the head engineer, so you send her your profile—a website containing your portfolio, resume, descriptions of your preferred working style, and “testimonials” from people you’ve worked with in the past—and ask to meet to discuss it.

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Tracey Wilen

Tracey Wilen

Dr. Tracey Wilen is a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work and careers. She’s been a scholar at Stanford University and has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco, and the Apollo Group. Dr. Wilen has authored 11 books including Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders (2013); Society 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work, and Society (2012); Employed for Life; 21st Century Career Trends (2014).She has appeared on CNN, Fox and CBS news, in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She frequently contributes to The Huffington Post, the Examiner, and the Christian Science Monitor and is on radio shows across the US weekly as an expert guest. She is a global speaker on the impact of technology on work careers, and women’s leadership. She was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2012 Most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business. www.traceywilen.com

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