Lisa Bodell

A Futurist’s Predictions about the Coming World of Work

In times as uncertain as these, there’s something calming about speaking with a futurist—someone who, as Lisa Bodell describes it, knows how to marry strategic planning with scenario planning about possible, probable and preferable futures.

So, here are three things Bodell, award-winning author and CEO of futurethink, are possible outcomes we will see in the post-COVID-19 world of work that the popular Conference for Women speaker shared in a recent interview:

1. More remote work

At the basic level, I think the office is going to change—not just physically but how we work. I think there will be more remote work because people have experienced it and realize they can do it. Employers will say it is about creating work-life balance but the real reason is employers will see it as cost-efficient.”

2. Less work-life balance

“The ugly side of more remote work is that people will work longer hours. The work-life boundary is going to go away. I am already working more.”

3. More re-invention—and stronger businesses

“I think there is going to be a lot of reinvention to come out of this.” While in ordinary times, people tend to resist change, Bodell says COVID-19 has forced us to embrace it and do things we never would have done.

I think what will come out of this is a stronger business. I know that sounds ironic but I think business will become more relevant and bigger problem-solvers because we are moving into comfort with change, and this time has really forced people to re-evaluate what they are doing.

Greater comfort with change, on the individual and organizational level, is what Bodell sees as the third phase of our adapting to life in a global pandemic.

First, many of us were plunged into fear and felt frozen. Then, we started to adapt, even as we felt exhausted from change. Now, she says, we are moving toward figuring out how to get stuff done and build businesses again.

Going forward, she adds: “Change will be the norm, and we will settle into that norm.”


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Cut the Complexity—and Do More Valuable Work

Lisa Bodell

Meetings, overflowing email inboxes, procedures and policies are all adding complexity to our jobs, hurting our productivity and, most importantly, blocking us from doing the work that has meaning to us.

“Typically, we’re not [even] doing our best thinking at work because we’re so busy doing stuff,” says Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of futurethink and author of Why Simple Wins.

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Free Up Your Day & Do the Work That Matters Most | Podcast

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Drowning in meetings, emails and reports? Mundane tasks don’t have to be a fact of work life. With the help of Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of Futurethink, you can make simplicity your operating principle and eliminate the time-sucks that put a chokehold on your day. In 30 minutes, the author of Why Simple Wins: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to the Work That Matters, shares how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity and make simplification a habit, so you can feel less overwhelmed, more empowered—and you are able to spend each day doing the things that you actually want to do. Read More

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2016 Session | Why Simple Wins

Complexity is killing companies’ ability to innovate and adapt, and simplicity is fast becoming the competitive advantage of our time. “Why Simple Wins” enables leaders and teams to move beyond the frustration and futility of unproductive work to create a corporate culture when valuable, essential work is the norm. By learning how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity, and make simplification a habit, companies can begin to recognize which activities are time-sucks and which create lasting value. By eliminating the low-value work, individuals feel less overwhelmed, more empowered, and able to spend each day doing things that matter. Read More

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2016 Session | Innovative Women Pushing Boundaries: Strategies for Risk Taking and Long Lasting Success

Process and procedure is leaving folks with zero time for innovative thinking or valuable work within organizations. Stuck in the land of status quo, we’ve forgotten how to think and are trapped between complexity and complacency. This session will feature innovative women who are pushing the boundaries today and having success. Sharing their personal stories, attendees will learn how to:

  • Establish a climate that embraces smart risk and invites sustainable growth;
  • Identify and eliminate barriers to progressive thinking; and
  • Gain confidence to push the limits.

With a blend of inspiration and practical tools, attendees will be armed to start a revolution that awakens the ability for yourself and others to think, innovate, grow and push the boundaries to challenge convention and achieve success. Read More

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