A noted researcher in the field of human creativity, Prof Barry M Staw, once wrote a paper arguing that the majority of people are not actually prepared to do what is needed in order to be prepared. Despite what seems like a universal desire among people to be more creative themselves, Prof Staw pointed out the key characteristics of creative people. Not surprisingly many of these are really not easy for most people to embrace. For instance, being non-conformist. I think that same argument can extend to many other areas. For instance, most people would jump at the chance to know what is going to happen in the future so they can get prepared for it. From a business perspective this is the core of a winning strategy. And yet, how many actually invest often very tiring work learning and analysing things that can very easily lead to nowhere? In this week’s selection of recommended reading, ROADMENDER has focused on what is shaping our working future. Oh, and don’t get confused with the inclusion of the article on Leonardo Da Vinci; learning from the past is part of understanding the future. Enjoy!

Sincere thanks to those who have suggested articles for this edition of Roadmender Recommends.


Collaborating Online Is Sometimes Better than Face-to-Face

harvardIf you’re embracing online collaboration as a necessary evil — the only way to work with an increasingly dispersed team of global or remote workers, for example — then you’re doing it wrong. Online collaboration is not a second-best substitute for face-to-face work: It’s a complement with its own perks and benefits. Yes, knitting your team together with online communication tools like Yammer and Slack can help you mitigate the disruptive impact of people working from home instead of at the office. Yes, team-oriented project management tools like Basecamp can help with the coordination challenges of working with teams that are spread out around the world instead of around the building. And yes, sharing knowledge with wikis or Evernote, or co-authoring via Google Drive, are handy options when you can’t simply pass a document to the person down the hall…READ ON


Why Millennials Understand The Future Of Work Better Than Anyone Else

The 9-to-5 grind is over. I call that traditional view, “Big Work,” and millennials intuitively understand that’s not where the future is. They are, in a sense, the first generation of freelance natives. They’re embracing freelancing in a way no other generation has. And now, they’re the majority of the workforce.   They are generation with markedly diverse interests––they’re into design, tech, activism, the arts, everything. They’ve been told their whole lives that they can and should pursue as many of those interests as they want. The Internet has opened more doors to this generation than any other…READ ON


Why Collaboration Wins Over Competition (Infographic)


While we often focus on figures like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as the lone geniuses behind wildly successful companies, the truth is their skills were bolstered by the teams of talented people working for them. Gates himself has said that creativity is less of an individual characteristic than it is an “emergent property” that surfaces when people convene around a problem. This way of thinking is beginning to align more and more with the way people want to work…READ ON


These Major Trends Are Changing Business as You Know It

The mobile workplace is the new standard

The mobile workplace is the new standard

The world has changed a lot in five years. Who could have predicted the disruptive repercussions of the sharing economy? Or the domino effects LinkedIn and Twitter have had on B2B communication? The world is moving fast, and the next five years promise to be an exciting ride. Here are four trends that will play a large role. Make sure you’ve got a dialogue going about the following, or risk getting left behind:..READ ON


Inside Leonardo Da Vinci’s Collaborative Workshop

LeoNEW YORK—Leonardo Da Vinci: Renaissance man, philosopher, inventor, delegator?  In a March 6, 2013 lecture titled “Leonardo da Vinci: Singular and Plural,” Luke Syson, curator in charge of the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Met, laid out the evidence that the Leonardo da Vinci we know today as a master painter achieved his reputation by delegating an astonishing amount of work to dedicated and loyal apprentices…READ ON


Collaboration in the New Age of Intranets

Rich Wood recently wrote an article equating intranets to dodo birds. While I can think of some other things that will go the way of the dodos, I don’t believe intranets are an endangered species (and a tip of the cap to Rich for giving me fodder for this article). The only thing that corporate intranets lack is ease of use. Companies spend millions on their corporate Internets to attract customers, but spend few resources on the corporate intranet and the results prove it — they’re just plain bad…READ ON


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