Where the +201,000 new private-sector jobs came from … 51% Small firms 41% Medium-sized* 8% Big Source: ADP National Employment Report/March 2011 *E.g., German MITTELSTAND
Read it twice.
(Not an anomaly.)
and Businesspersons All
WHITE-COLLAR SURVIVAL STRATEGY #1: Department as Small/
Training Inc., a 14-person unit* in a 50-person HR department in a $200M business unit in a $3B corporation—aiming for Excellence & WOW!
*PSF/ Professional Service Firm (See my …
Professional Service Firm 50: Fifty Ways to Transform Your “Department” Into A Professional Service Firm Whose Trademarks Are Passion and Innovation.)
The Professional Service Firm50: Fifty Ways to Transform Your “Department” into a Professional Service Firm Whose Trademarks are Passion and Innovation!
Think back to the discussion of the extraordinary technology change engulfing us—and, now, its likely impact on high-end white collar jobs. I believe there is an escape path, a route to not only survival, but flourishing.
I first wrote about this in my 1999 book, Professional Service Firm 50: Fifty Ways to Transform Your “Department” Into A Professional Service Firm Whose Trademarks Are Passion and Innovation. The idea: CONVERT EVERY “DEPARTMENT”/“UNIT” [and yourself] INTO A FULL-FLEDGED … “PSF”/ PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRM … WHOLLY DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE & WOW & ADDING SKYSCRAPING VALUE TO THEIR CUSTOMERS’ [usually internal customers] ACTIVITIES.
Hence, TRAINING, INC. (Etc. Etc.)
This is one Big Damn Deal.
Muhammad Yunus: “All human beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves we were all self-employed . . . finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s where human history began . . . As civilization came we suppressed it. We became labor because they stamped us, ‘You are labor.’
We forgot that we are entrepreneurs.”
Nobel Laureate/The News Hour/PBS/1122.2006
An entrepreneurial flair is not limited to a handful of Mark Zuckerbergs. As micro-lending guru and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus tells us, virtually all of us who have survived the Darwinian sorting process find that some form of entrepreneurial behavior comes naturally.
Distinct or extinct!
Repeat: “I believe that ninety percent of white-collar/“knowledge-work” jobs (which are 80 percent of all jobs) in the U.S. will be either destroyed or altered beyond recognition in the next 10 to 15 years.”
—Cover story/Time/22 May 2000/Tom Peters
Circa 2013+: Multiple Choice Examination
You will you lose your job to:
choose one …
Advanced high-speed algorithm?
A re-tooled value-added “Brand You”?
Source: Derived primarily from Dan Pink
Fabulous at … something.
Or … STAND DOWN.
No other options.
Or … DIE (professionally).
No other options.
“The ecosystem used to funnel lots of talented
people into a few clear winners. Now it’s funnelinglots of talented people into lots of experiments.”
—Tyler Willis, business developer, to Nathan Heller in “Bay Watched:
How San Francisco’s New Entrepreneurial Culture Is