Work is changing; it always has. However, March of 2020 brought accelerated change. The question we need to ask is what is work changing to, and how can we adapt? Brian Elliott joins Kevin to share findings of the change in work from research with his colleagues at the Future Forum and global case studies from leading companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., Genentech, Royal Bank of Canada, and IBM. For example, 74% of executives want to come back to the office three days a week or more. Only 23% of employees want the same thing. In addition, 63% of executives are planning for the future without input from their team. As leaders, we need to gain another perspective and ask if we can be successful going back to what we did before.

Key Points

  • Brian Elliott discusses the struggle of work. 
  • He explains what digital-first means. 
  • He shares two steps necessary to building the new principles needed to enable flexible, high-performing teams including a Culture of Connection and Experimentation.

Meet Brian

  • Name: Brian Elliott 
  • His Story: Brian is the co-author of How the Future Works: Leading Flexible Teams to Do the Best Work of Their Lives, with Sheela Subramanian and Helen Kupp. He is the Executive Leader of Future Forum, a consortium by Slack, which enables leaders to redesign work to be better for people and organizations. He has spent three decades leading teams and building companies as a startup CEO, as a product leader at Google, and now at Slack where he is a Senior VP.
  • Worth Mentioning: Brian started his career at Boston Consulting Group and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. His work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and The Economist.
Culture, at the end of the day, only occurs in teams in which they feel psychological safety. (24:40)

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