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From the author.
Leading new conversations that build the FORWARD THINKING mind and workplace of the future — today.
In 2016, I started a new conversation with pioneering global leaders, challenging them with intriguing and surprising new questions.
I asked leaders to share their best insights and wisdom to create a better workplace and world. To date, over 75 pioneering business and thought leaders have enthusiastically embraced the questions and mission.
The Future of the Workplace contains a collection of 30 out of 75 of those conversations. Every conversation deserved to be in this book. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to include them all.
I wrote this book to help guide and inspire anyone who feels and believes that we can and must create workplaces where every voice matters, everyone thrives and finds meaning, and change and innovation happen naturally.
Furthermore, after reading this book, you’ll realize that there’s enormous power and wisdom in convening new conversations where we ask each other new questions and welcome all points of view.
One of the ways of thinking about leadership is thinking about convening conversations that might not happen otherwise. The consequences will ripple out beyond what you will ever know.
Patricia ShawFellow, Schumacher College
In the book’s Introduction, I address why I believe it’s vital for us to have this new conversation now.
Not only with leaders but with everyone in the workplace. John Bell, CEO (Retired) at Jacobs Suchard, had this to say:
“Your questions are more important than our answers? Why? Because every leader ought to be asking him/herself those questions and implementing the forward thinking insights that will create meaningful purpose and superior performance.”
I also share why I ask the same six opening questions and why I believe they are essential.
If you haven’t read the book, the Introduction is now posted online here:
The Future of the Workplace will help you discover new pathways to rise above today’s unprecedented challenges.
To your forward thinking life & success!
Where to buy.
The Future of the Workplace is available from major and independent book sellers.
Reviews from our readers.
Check out some of the reviews from readers and leaders below and on Amazon.
Hi Bill, I’m just reading your book. Stopped at 62 pages with 20 post-its full of notes. Great work, thank you for it.
Martyna TarnawskaService Design Lead
After reading a handful of your interviews, I can hardly wait to read the rest. You are so good at drawing new awareness through people, Bill Fox.
Sue ElliottCEO, Easier Way Media, Inc.
So much leadership and cultural value all in one book.
John BellCEO, Jacobs Suchard (Retired)
Congratulations!! on a brilliant book that I know has come from real-life experiences of experts in the workplace — enhanced by your unique ability to synthesize, distinguish, and expand on as practical wisdom. What an important work this is — as the Future is literally here now.
Dianne CollinsAuthor, Do You Quantum Think?
Bill Fox has curated a robust trove of insights and thought leadership aimed at future-proofing your organization. I’m honored to have been included in his book, “The Future of the Workplace”. If preparing for the future interests you, Bill is assembling a community of leaders to explore what it takes.
Gwen KinseyTransformational Leader
Thank you for pushing the critical thinking and the practical actions that lead to human-centered workplaces that inspire all of us to be in the constant pursuit of finding better ways!
Jim HaudanChairman, Root, Inc.
Bill Fox has a gift for identifying, connecting with, and helping the rest of us understand the leaders of tomorrow, today. The wisdom of Bill Fox is the incredible ability to help others define their own wisdom.
Marc HanlanLLMC Partners, Author
Bill Fox in his book The Future of the Workplace: Insights and Advice from 31 Pioneering Business and Thought Leaders is an inquisitive investigator of how a positive work environment can be created and how leaders can contribute to creating an ideal workplace. His set of questions opens a space of discussions, which encourages reflection and further exploration of human thinking and doings. Read the full review at Bill Fox: The Future of the Workplace.
Iuliana Ancuţa IliePforzheim University
I am indebted to you for sharing your crystallized thoughts and the process behind them – it is brilliantly useful and relevant, even urgent. While folks like me continue to be appalled by the wastage of the human spirit, especially in the working world, you have figured a way to originate knowledge and inspire answers, action to address this. Kudos!
Sharath JarugumilliAnalytics and Product Management Leader
Chapters and selected chapter previews.
The book includes 30 forward thinking conversations with 31 pioneering business and thought leaders.
Foreward – The Foreward to my book was authored by Norman Bodek. Sadly, Norman passed away in late 2020. He was an extraordinary leader. Please read my tribute, Extraordinary People.
Norman BodekOwner, PCS Press
Bill FoxFounder, Forward Thinking Workplaces
Howard BeharFormer President, Starbucks
Gwen KinseyTransformation Leader
John BellCEO (Retired), Jacobs Suchard
Chapter 4 – Discover the Spirit of Self-Reliance
Norman BodekOwner, PCS Press
Lance SecretanCEO, The Secretan Center
Sarah RozenthulerFounder, Bridgework Consulting Ltd.
Chapter 7 – Making Every Voice Matter
Jeff DaltonCEO, Broadsword Solutions Corporation
Alan SealeEntrepreneur, Author
Jim HaudanChairman and Cofounder, Root Inc.
Chapter 10 – How to Get 80/20 to Work for You
Perry MarshallEntrepreneur and Consultant
Chapter 11 – It’s Not About Working Harder, or Even Smarter
Michael NeilTransformative Coach, Author
Chapter 12 – Why Aren’t 21st-Century Employees Thriving?
Sesil PirOrganizational Psychologist, HR Expert
Chapter 13 – Give People More Control
David MarquetAuthor, Leadership Expert
Chapter 14 – Insights from Leading a Lean Healthcare Revolution
John ToussaintLean Healthcare Leader
Chapter 15 – Shifting the Center of Gravity
Hrund GunnsteinsdottirManaging Director and Film Director
Chapter 16 – What If Corporate Culture Is Perfect, But I’m Not?
Robert FuchsCulture Architect
Chapter 17 – Do You See the True Paradigm or Not?
Sandra KrotHuman Dimension Consultant, Author
Chapter 18 – The Surprising Secret of Magic in Business
Andrew BennettLeadership Coach and Professional Magician
Dicken BettingerFounder, Three Principles Mentoring
Chapter 20 – How to Be a Powerful Agent in the World
Dianne CollinsAuthor, Do You QuantumThink?
Brian GardnerMinimalist Designer, Entrepreneur
Chapter 22 – How Do We Start and Make It Real?
Tom ThomisonPartner, encode.org
Bob SchatzAgile and Transformation Leader
Chapter 24 – Compassionate Communication Is the Key to Everything
Steph HollowayBody Language & Communication Expert
Nick HughesFounder, Founders Live
Aviv ShaharFounder, Aviv Consulting
Jon MertzCEO, Activate World
Chapter 28 – Space to Speak Honestly Gives Us Power