FUTURE OF WORK SPECIALIST
Michele is a visionary future-of-work scholar. Her transformative generative model for the future of work merges agility and sustainability, skillfully guiding organizations and individuals through the ever-evolving landscape of work.
Future of Work Model
This model addressed the challenges at organisational, people and individual levels in order to provide nimble, agile solutions while staying focused on delivering sustainable long term results.
Such an approach requires a generative model to continuously generate new ideas and experimentation, turning companies into learning organisations, able to adapt to uncertainty while striving for long term success in the future of work landscape.
Generativity is the ability to:
Understand megatrends and its impact on the organization
The challenges that this has on the organization
The stakeholder’s impacted
The enablers to support the organization’s resilience, sustenance and innovation
Generative Change (Change Agility)
Generative Change (Change Agility) means rethinking organizational change from a once off, close-ended process to one that is continuous, open, but still focused sustainable success. That way, organizations, team leaders, and individual contributors can respond cohesively and proactively to consistently uncertain external factors and is focused on creating value and purposeful impact to support its stakeholders. They are focused on the Quadruple Bottom-Line of Purpose, Planet, People, Profit.
WHAT AND HOW (PRODUCT & PROFIT)
Driven from the top
Focused on efficiency
Responsive and Reactive
Project management based
Takes place after change & due to reactive nature is not focused on solutions
Thinks in terms of wins & losses and organizational performance
Driven by stakeholders
Stakeholder & effectiveness focused
Adaptive and Proactive
Iterates along the way
Takes place now but prioritizes sustainable solutions
Focuses on evolving and organizational learning
"The key to unlocking collective energy is to balance productivity and empathy."
- Michele Sagan -
Generative leaders cultivate and reward new ideas and creativity. They pursue agile approaches and breakthrough solutions and believe in organizational learning while also practicing human centred approaches. Leading with the heart means inspiring others and focusing on stakeholders and human-centric experiences by growing great cultures so people can grow and do their best work.
Moving towards Generative Leadership
Quiet Hiring and Uncoupling education/job to skills
Upskilling and reskilling
Non-linear career paths
Meaning at work: purpose and values, storytelling
Compassionate leadership (Human-machine interactions)
Proactively personizing, listening, validating, coaching
Co-elevating teams and each other (partner mindset)
"You aren’t burning out because you’re doing too much, you’re burning out because you’re doing too little of what actually lights you up."
Jim Kwik, author of Limitless and founder of Kwik Learning
The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the way people value work as well as the way leadership engages with their workforce. Well-being and mental health are now critical issues to be addressed. Shifting from future-taking to future-shaping distinguishes game-changing leaders and developing a generative mindset sets leaders up as future-shapers who can thrive during times of disruption rather than just future-adapting. This requires self-awareness, cognitive agility, ideation, experimentation and creative resilience.
SELF AWARENESS & REGULATION (SELF-LEADERSHIP)
Understand own purpose, values, strengths, passions and is able to manage own thoughts and emotions
Believes own and others’ talents, intelligence, and abilities can be developed and sees opportunities to learn, gain new skills and experience.
Challenges are not viewed as failure but an opportunity to learn and grow.