It may be terrifying for those caught in the vortex between the old and the
new way of work. Most professionals earned the right degrees, responded to
the demands of their professions, learned the intricacies of their industries
and were rewarded under the old system. It feels like a massive betrayal that
an entire system is falling away.
The truth is that the cube was moved in part by a new breed of professional.
They are skilled and passionate global workers who want the freedom to choose
the type of work, rather than choosing a job based on its proximity to their
homes. Rather than being hindered by location, they are able to compete based
on talent and passion. While most of us were sleeping, they unknowingly
leveraged cloud and mobile technology and created the New World of Work. And
it was their passion for work, rather than some indiscreet evil force, that
Thereʼs a popular childrenʼs book called Whereʼs Waldo, in which the lead
character - with his signature red-and-white striped shirt and somewhat goofy
expression - is obscured by various collections of people and things. Heʼs
hidden, but in plain sight (if youʼll excuse the oxymoron) and itʼs the
young readerʼs task to locate him in every illustration. By the end of the
book, children become adept at locating the enigmatic Waldo in a glance.
We can only hope that this instructional parable reminds us of how sometimes
the simplest truth can be obstructed by our need to make things... (more)