The next Rules of Work
von Mareike Kühl
Our #futurework22 keynote speaker and bestselling author Gary A. Bolles talks about the differences between Germany and the USA in terms of New Work and the key trends for the future of work.
1. Who are you, what are you working on, and what topics excite you most about your work?
I’m the author of “The Next Rules of Work,” and the adjunct Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University. I’m spending a lof of my time helping those who lead organizations - the C Suite and beyond - to develop actionable strategies for organizational transformation. We are at a unique time in human history where we are all together co-creating the next rules of work, and we are defining how organizations will operate in the future.
2. What are the biggest differences between Germany and the USA in terms of New Work?
Germany’s unique strengths include its deep commitment to meaningful, well-paid work. The USA’s unique strengths include its ability to continually innovate in ways that inspire other economies. There is an ideal mix of those strengths that represent an opportunity for both: Germany can more rapidly adopt the next rules of work, and the USA can learn how to ensure a more inclusive economy.
3. What are the key trends for the future of work?
Seismic world events and exponential technologies are constantly changing the rules of work. We all know that the “where” and “who” of the workplace require new models of flexible work. But the very nature of work and careers - the “what” and “when” - are also shifting, toward more problem-centric and project-centric work. And increasingly, throughout the world the purpose of work and the organization - the “how” and the “why” - will have changed forever in the post-pandemic era.