What Are The Implications Of The Imagined Order At Work?

By Alina Okun | May 25, 2020 |
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“Humans believe in a particular order not because it is objectively true, but because believing in it enables us to cooperate effectively and forge a better society.” This quote is from Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, in which he defines the “imagined order.” The imagined order exists in our personal lives, characterized…

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Do You Want To Create A Good Job? Here’s How To Do It.

By Alina Okun | May 22, 2020 |
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Let’s assume that most CEOs want their employees to have good jobs. Let’s also assume that these CEOs genuinely believe that the jobs they have created at their companies are good jobs. They probably have done market research and believe that compensation fairly reflects the market rate. The jobs might come with benefits and good…

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How To Connect Creativity To Meaningful Work?

By Alina Okun | May 20, 2020 |
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I already mentioned how much I enjoyed Shawn Achor’s TED talk, The Happy Secret To Better Work. My second favorite TED talk is Do Schools Kill Creativity? presented by Sir Ken Robinson, where he makes an astute observation that we do not grow into creativity. Just the opposite – we grow out of it. Robinson postulates that all children…

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What Is The Difference Between Entrepreneur and Innovator?

By Alina Okun | May 18, 2020 |
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What makes one an entrepreneur? Do entrepreneurs innovate? Are startups built by entrepreneurs or innovators? I pondered these questions as I was reading Alexandre Lazarow’s new book Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs–from Delhi to Detroit–Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley. Lazarow describes a new innovation playbook that is emerging from the area that he is calling…

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How To Increase Innovation? Consider Acquired Diversity.

By Alina Okun | May 16, 2020 |
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In today’s environment, it is easy to forget about a trend that had started long before COVID-19, and that was a call for new leadership. Organizations have continuously struggled to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment for their employees, but now, more than ever, diverse environments are needed to stimulate creativity, growth, and profitability. When…

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Will AI Help Or Hurt The Future Of Work?

By Alina Okun | May 14, 2020 |
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The term artificial intelligence (AI) typically elicits one of two emotions: fear or excitement. People who experience fear are threatened by technology and are anxious about disruption AI will cause to the way they work. Those who are excited think of the possibilities AI can bring to enhance the way they live. We can reasonably…

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Is Blockchain Important To The Future Workplace?

By Alina Okun | May 12, 2020 |

Because I explore the future of work in my writing, it is worthwhile to consider the technological environment in which we are going to operate in the future. One of the biggest trends that has taken shape over the past several years is blockchain. It is not yet mainstream, but technology is rapidly developing. Its…

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Can You Have Meaningful Work In The Age of Automation?

By Alina Okun | May 10, 2020 |
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So far, I have written about what meaningful work is, its history, how it relates to money, what kind of leaders we need to make meaningful work possible, different ways to approach work, how to recraft your job to make it more meaningful, and the downsides of specialization, among other topics. As I mentioned in my earlier articles, what got me interested in studying meaningful work is automation.…

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How to Discover Skills of Innovation to Apply in Your Life?

By Alina Okun | May 8, 2020 |
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In the last post, I mentioned the research by scholars in the U.K. who concluded that employees find meaningful work for themselves. Organizations do not make work more or less meaningful for their employees; instead, what often happens is companies create an environment that destroys the sense of meaningfulness. As long as organizations foster a sense…

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What Is Meaningful Work AND How To Make Work Meaningful?

By Alina Okun | May 6, 2020 |
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I have been writing about meaningful work for a while now, but what is meaningful work? Dostoevsky said: “If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly…

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