I was honored to give the commencement speech at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership Executive MBA graduation.

The graduates I saw and heard will certainly be leaders in organizations that are very different from the ones most of us know today. This is a quick note showing three “shapes” of organizations in the future: Shamrock, Haier-Rendanheyi and the IceHotel — all evocative of the gig mindset.

One graduate asked me “Are creative leaders gig mindsetters?” My answer? “Definitely yes!.”


Part 1. What is the Gig Mindset?

Gig-mindset people are a new breed of employee who dare to challenge the traditional thinking and ways of working in order to make the organization more resilient and successful in volatile times. Does this sound familiar? If so, what does it mean for you and your organization?”

Gig-mindset people are…


Stories from two taxi drivers

From the backseat

I was in Paris for work 4 days after the 13 November terrorist attacks in 2015 and talked to two taxi drivers who shared their experiences that night with me. Very moving. One of them was on the verge of tears as he talked.

I wrote about it here, and am calling it out again today as the trial in Paris opens.


The #gigmindset is transforming #HR and I’ll explain why and how! Looking forward to being in Sydney again, virtually! Nov 9 at https://lnkd.in/djMs-iJ

I bet we’re going to hear very different perspectives.If you’re in HR what would you like to know?


Are functional roles disappearing inside organizations? Yes, I believe they are. This is part of how hierarchy is fracturing.

Functions are based on job titles and roles in a hierarchy more than on skills and talent that people have.

A member of my 2018 Advisory Board in Phase 1 of…


The companies described in the six case studies in the book are living in the future in different ways. They are examples of values and practices that are an exception today, but that will be common in the future, as expressed by a senior manager I quoted at the beginning:


What has triggered the current gig mindset movement?

The term “gig mindset” refers to the attitudes and behaviors of people who, even though they are salaried employees in an organization, approach their work as if they were independent freelancers. …


Josh Calabrese, Unsplash

The opposing forces of what I’m calling civil disobedience and strategic blindness underlie the gig mindset inside the organization.

They are the fundamental forces that will make or break the gig-mindset way of working inside companies and are the subject of an early chapter in my upcoming book.

This article about strategic blindness is part two of a short series. Part one, about civil disobedience is here. (You may…


Russ Collins, www.provencebeyond.com

This article about civil disobedience is part one of a short series.

The opposing forces of what I’m calling civil disobedience and strategic blindness underlie the gig mindset inside the organization. They are the fundamental forces that will make or break the gig-mindset way of working inside companies and are the subject of an early chapter in my upcoming book.

Part two…


The shape of organizations in the future will depend in large part on how we as individuals take control, steer our own lives and interact and communicate with others in the workplace.

For the last few years I have seen many people, salaried and inside organizations, showing signs of attitudes and behavior similar to external freelancers. I use the term “gig mindset” to describe this phenomenon and decided to explore it further.

  • How does the gig mindset differ from a traditional approach…

Jane McConnell

Author: The Gig Mindset Advantage. 20 yrs advising large organizations, 12 yrs of global research on work culture & leadership. Podcast: Boldnewbreed.com

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