The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work

  • 7h 44m 36s
  • Chris Shipley, Heather E. McGowan
  • Gildan Media
  • 2020

We stand at an inflection point where technology can be leveraged to unleash human potential, or it can pit humans against machines. Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley have dedicated the last five years to understanding how technical, business, and cultural shifts have brought us to this place in order to construct this comprehensive and approachable guide to the future of work.

Blending insights from interviews with hundreds of executives with insights on professional and cultural identity, The Adaptation Advantage explains the profound changes the world of work has undergone and posits the solution: create new systems that detach identity from work and connect it to purpose. This purpose, the authors suggest, will motivate learning, engagement, empowerment, and lead to new forms of identity throughout the workforce. Only then can we embrace a new approach to work that places learning and adaptability at its center.

With an insightful foreword by New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas L. Friedman, The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work is an important resource for all leaders looking to help people develop the resilient, adaptive identities necessary to flourish in the rapidly changing workplace.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. The World is Fast: Technology is Changing Everything and Planting Opportunity Everywhere
  • 2. The Only Things Moving Faster Than Technology are Cultural and Social Norms
  • 3. You're Already Adapting and Not Even Noticing
  • 4. Getting Comfortable with Adaptation: The Slowest Rate of Change is Happening Now
  • 5. What Do You Do for a Living? The Question That Traps Us in the Past
  • 6. Finding the Courage to Let Go of Occupational Identity
  • 7. Learning Fast: Why an Agile Learning Mindset is Essential
  • 8. Rise of the Humans: Developing Your Creativity, Empathy, and other Uniquely Human Capabilities
  • 9. Leading in Continuous Change: Modeling Vulnerability, Learning from Failure, and Providing the Psychological Safety That Builds Trusting Teams
  • 10. The Adaptive Organization: Creating the Capacity to Change at the Speed of Technology, Market, and Social Evolution
  • 11. Capability is King: Looking Beyond the Resume to Design Your Adaptive Team
  • 12. Getting Ready to Seize Your Adaptation Advantage


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