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Raleigh’s Innovate Work Summit Announces Leading Speaker Lineup For Diversity & Inclusion Panel On September 12


Registration Now Open to Participate. Join the Conversation with Leading Diversity and Inclusion Executives as they explore the future of inclusion.

RALEIGH, August 26, 2014 – The Infusion Group™ today announces its award-winning speaker panelist lineup for the curator’s, first network of industry, health care, government and higher education Innovate Work Summit to be held on September 12 in Raleigh at the Institute of Emerging Issues. Themed “Freedom to Lead, Shaping the Emerging Workplace,” the Summit will gather executives, diversity officers, business and HR leaders, and professionals to join the panel conversation about the future of inclusion and how disruption, global trends, innovation, and growth are changing the landscape of one dimensional diversity practices.  Leading panelists will explore ways to navigate the complexity and different ways of leveraging and working for mission-critical results and profitable business outcomes that help to foster innovation, and bring the community together.

Leonor_Clavijo_Executive_Director“The North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is excited to lead and open the dialogue with key thought leaders on the future of inclusion, at the 2014 Innovate Work Summit. It is imperative to promote inclusion in organizational change and practices that value new cultural competence as well as respecting the people in the work, business and community environment we live in,” said Leonor Clavijo, Executive Director of the Chamber. “At the Hispanic Chamber, diversity is more than a saying—its woven into the essence of our business relationships -—from the first click on nchispanicchamber.org to our chamber associate’s greeting, serving our membership community, our multi-faceted member base and workforce, is our strength.”

Participants will hear from recognized Diversity Thought Leaders such as:

  • Leonor Clavijo, North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
  • Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton, University of Chapel Hill, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer
  • Sidney Evering II, Parker Poe, Special Counsel, Director Diversity
  • Kim Drumgo, AICPA, Diversity Director and Vice-Chair National Committee on Diversity for Accounting
  • David LaBoy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Diversity Director

Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton was awarded the 2014 Diversity Leader Award by the Triangle Business Journal.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP were recently awarded the 2014 Employer Diversity Leader Award by the Triangle Business Journal.

Leading Voices on Inclusion

EveringSidney“Parker Poe is pleased to participate with diversity thought leaders to explore the future of inclusion and to advance the critical business imperative of inclusion during a time of changing demographics and globalization,” said Sidney Evering II. “At Parker Poe, diversity is an integral part of our law firm’s culture as well as our strategic plan.  We are fortunate to have law firm leaders who understand the importance of diversity and inclusion as it relates to providing quality service to our clients and to the communities in which we live.”

“Today’s universities should approach diversity and inclusion as a mission-driven imperative.  As the first public research university in the nation, UNC-Chapel Hill strives daily to better understand the complexities and nuances of a contemporary, diverse and inclusive academic community.  We promote a diverse presence on our
Taffye Clayton,  at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.campus, foster a climate that promotes equity and inclusion, and nurture a culture of academic and institutional strength. What we aim to create is an enlightened and culturally competent community that has ability to leverage the diversity of our campus towards the accomplishment of our mission and strategic goals,” states Dr. Clayton.

Inclusion leaders will take a deep dive into the discussion exploring how organizations and industry are reimaging inclusion, becoming more dimensionally cultural, learning from the journey and navigating unprecedented complexities in the global world of work. To see a complete lineup of keynote speakers and learn more about this year’s Innovate Work Summit, visit the event site by clicking here.

The Innovate Work Summit was created and is curated by the Infusion Group. The Summit exists to inspire leaders who believe and are invested in healthier business, workplaces, and economic growth.  The unique gathering connects leaders who want to help bridge the issues and interests facing us in order to overcome the challenges, cultivate solutions, create results, transform their organizations and advance economic growth. If you are interested in attending the Summit, please request an invite here as soon as possible; seating is limited.

About The Infusion Group™

Infusion Group™ LLC is a workplace culture design company and provider of innovative workplace consulting services, specializing in the future of work for the health care, technology, manufacturing and finance markets. The Infusion Group™ is fueled by the passion for unlocking possibilities and the desire to enhance organizational performance, by helping leaders, executives and forward-oriented organizations achieve holistically tailored business strategies and achieve healthier business outcomes in the new world of work. www.theinfusiongroupllc.com

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This Girl Is on Fire: reacHIRE’s Addie Swartz to Present on Unlocking Productivity in the Boomer Generation at Innovate Work Summit

Carolina News:  The 2014 Innovate Work Summit announces serial entrepreneur and reachHIRE’s CEO,  Addie Swartz, will keynote, “Take Your Productivity Higher: Finding Untapped Potential in the Boomer Generation”.

Raleigh, NC – The Infusion Group, LLC founder Judy White, SPHR, GPHR, HCS, announces the latest addition to confirmed speakers at the Innovate Work Summit: serial entrepreneur and reacHIRE CEO Addie Swartz.

Swartz (pictured at right) will open the afternoon session of the September 12 Summit with a keynote presentation titled, “Take Addie SwartzYour Productivity Higher: Finding Untapped Potential in the Boomer Generation”, that will stretch your thinking around systems that are reinforcing old stereotypes and traditional hiring practices and help you unlock the potential of talented baby boomers; especially professional women seeking to re-enter the workforce effectively.

By 2017, Baby Boomers (ages 47-66) are expected to control 70% of all U.S. disposable income, making the generational segment an important part of our economy. Swartz’s keynote will address concerns of talent acquisition development for this demographic including:

  • What will your talent makeup need to look like to meet the shifting baby boomer demographics ahead?
  • How can a new paradigm in recruiting, most notably – empowering professional women looking to re-enter the workforce, strengthen your talent pool?
  • What steps are leading companies beginning to take to hire and assemble diverse workforces in the future?

Swartz has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, “Good Morning America,” NPR and Working Mother.

The Innovate Work Summit takes place on Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Institute of Emerging Issues on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, N.C. Attendees includes senior leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs from across industry, health care, higher education and government. Beginning with a pre-event evening networking event, the Summit runs from 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. with continental breakfast, multiple networking exchanges and a host of concurrent breakout sessions as part of the unconference format. Registration for this invitation-only event closes on September 8 – invitation to attend can be requested at https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1522143.

 

About The Infusion Group™

Infusion Group™ LLC is a workplace culture design company and provider of innovative workplace consulting services, specializing in the future of work for the health care, technology, manufacturing and finance markets. The Infusion Group™ is fueled by the passion for unlocking possibilities and the desire to enhance organizational performance, by helping leaders, executives and forward-oriented organizations achieve holistically tailored business strategies in the new world of work. www.theinfusiongroupllc.com


About reacHIRE

reacHIRE a career re-entry solution that enables accomplished women who have taken a career break to successfully re-launch their careers at leading companies. reacHIRE provides comprehensive, experiential career training and development that culminates in a paid, flexible work assignment. Hiring partner companies receive turn-key, no risk access to an untapped pool of exceptional female talent. reacHIRE graduates are driving positive business results. www.reachire.com

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Business Security: The Next Gen Announcing Executive Panelists at Innovate Work Summit in Raleigh

The Innovate Work Summit Announces Leading Business Security Panelists for the highly-collaborative event of leaders invested in healthier business, communities and advancing economic growth.


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 - Aug. 11, 2014 - RALEIGH, N.C. –  The Infusion Group™, curator for the Innovate Work Summit is pleased to announce its lineup of featured speaker panelists for “Business Security: The Next Generation Emerges”, North Carolina’s first network of industry, government, health care and higher education summits taking place Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Institute of Emerging Issues in Raleigh, N.C.

The Innovate Work Summit will be a unique gathering of North Carolina’s leaders, thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs across industry and represent the decision makers, practitioners, policy makers, and innovators who are equipped to move economic growth forward.  

“The landscape of security has become ever more challenging in today’s world of exponentially increasing information, cyberspace, talent mobility, corruption, BYOD and the relocation of facilities around the globe. The way organizations and people work today is transforming and the risks continue to escalate.  As threats continue to evolve and workers and customers adapt to new tech consumption, shifting work locations, the need for collaborative business security has never been greater. We are delighted to welcome several of North Carolina’s key executives who are leading the way in developing a long-term vision and strategy to addressing the rising business security risks that impact all of us,” said Infusion Group founder Judy White.“The Innovate Work Summit 2014 offers leaders additional opportunities to explore ideas and new solutions that can advance initiatives to reduce threats in an ever-changing global marketplace.”

 
Confirmed panelist speakers include:

-  Chuck Kessler, MBA, CISSP, CISM, PMP, chief information security officer,
Duke University Health System
-  Michael Sprayberry, director, North Carolina Department of Emergency Management
-  Robert Martin, CISSP, president information systems security association (ISSA) and Lenovo
-  Matt Cordell, attorney, Ward and Smith

The panel will address some of the emerging security risks, challenges facing industry, business and government and how new ways of working is resulting in new initiatives and solutions that promote smart and secure business.

“I am looking forward to participating in this important discussion. A proactive and robust workplace security mindset must challenge conventional wisdom and traditional approaches, communicating in clear terms an integrated business-security vision,” said Felix, President and CEO, Nater Associates who will moderate the executive panel. “Creating real-time discussions of the tough issues within the business, government and community is a necessary element for improving business security holistically.”

“Engaged executives, workplaces and communities are leading the way to address critical security risks that threaten the safety and productivity of individuals, business and industry,” states North Carolina’s Director of Emergency Management and guest panelist, Michael Sprayberry. “The Summit is a great opportunity for collaborative leaders to advance their security challenges, diverse inititiatives and explore new ways to work together in reducing the emerging risks and identify integrated security measures that continues to shape North Carolina as one of the top places to live, work, and play.”

The Innovate Work Summit 2014 encourages senior leaders, innovators, thought leaders to register now to secure their seat at the Summit (https://www.regonline.com/iwsregister).

Join the conversation on Twitter (https://twitter.com/InnovateWorkSum).

About The Infusion Group™

Infusion Group™ LLC is a workplace culture design company and provider of innovative workplace consulting services, specializing in the future of work for the health care, technology, manufacturing and finance markets.  The Infusion Group™ is fueled by the passion for unlocking possibilities and the desire to enhance organizational performance, by helping leaders, executives and forward-oriented organizations achieve holistically tailored business strategies in the new world of work.

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Duke University’s Disability Management Executive Guest Panelist at the Innovate Work Summit

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Duke University’s Disability Management Executive Featured Guest Panelist at the Innovate Work Summit 2014 “Attracting, Hiring and Retaining Individuals with Disabilities to Achieve a Diverse Culture” will benefit executives, HR and business leaders, multi-cultural branding and communications teams, and software developers from guest panelist Leigh Fickling’s legal and educational expertise. Fickling will share key practices about fostering a supportive environment and implementing reasonable accommodations across higher education and the modern workplace.

PRLog – Jul. 30, 2014 – RALEIGH, N.C. — Executive Director, Leigh Fickling, J.D., M.ED., M.S., will share leading practices for fostering a supportive, inclusive environment for individuals with disabilities and implementing accommodations across a large organization with Innovate Work Summit participants at the Institute of Emerging Issues Friday, September 12, 2014.

091214_fickling001“Maximizing people’s potential is key to success today,” said Judy White, SPHR, GPHR, HCS. “Guest panelists and expert practitioners bring invaluable real-time experience into the summit discussions, provide relevant insights and help senior leaders enhance their organizations and communities in which they live and serve.” White,is the curator for the Innovate Work Summit representing a key North Carolina network of higher education, health care, government, and industry networks and is the founder of the Infusion Group™.

As a strategic executive leader, integrated legal, educator and accomplished practitioner, Fickling has served in a variety of leadership roles including Dean of Student and Dean of Campus Life. Leigh completed her undergraduate degree at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. Leigh holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from UNC Greensboro, a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Charleston School of Law. Leigh’s area of expertise is disability law and implementing reasonable accommodations in the classroom and the modern workplace. Leigh and her husband are the proud parents of five-year-old twins and reside in Durham, North Carolina.

Fickling will share her experiences to address the challenges and opportunities available and to help summit participants meet section 503 requirements.

- The importance of inclusive leadership in fostering a supportive environment.

- Best practices for tapping into and understanding individuals’ needs.

- Why open disclosure environments influence integration and accommodation decisions.

- The importance of generational differences and value drivers in marketing.

- Impact of engagement to bring out the best, sustained performance.

“I am pleased and honored to participate with other experts from top organizations in this invite-only discussion and to engage with North Carolina leaders as they move forward in providing more opportunities for individuals with disabilities to realize their real potential,” said Fickling.

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Registration Opens for the 2014 Innovate Work Summit

Leaders will gather in September in Raleigh, NC to Shape the Emerging Workplace

Raleigh, NC  - 14 July 2014

The Infusion Group™, curator for the 2014 Innovate Work Summit announced that registration is open for the high-collaborative event representing North Carolina’s first network of industry, higher education, government, health care and entrepreneurial “Summits”.

The Summit exists to inspire leaders who believe and are invested in healthier business, workplaces, and economic growth.

The disruptions and complexity facing business invites leaders to challenge their thinking around new models of work, ways of working and investing in diverse talent. It opens the door to new opportunities that advance initiatives to bring innovation, industry, education and health care together.

The Summit’s theme, “Freedom to Lead, Shaping the Emerging Workplace”, will bring together recognized thought leaders, senior-leaders, owners, innovators, entrepreneurs, and professionals from across industry to learn about trends and disruptions that are emerging and exchange in invite-only conversations to explore ideas, insights and approaches to shaping the complex, evolving world of work.

The distinct gathering connect leaders who want to help bridge the issues and interests facing us in order to overcome the challenges, cultivate solutions, create results, transform their organizations and advance economic growth.  The summit will feature mind-flexing keynotes, engaging concurrent breakout sessions, including a number of panel discussions that will provide an inside view at what is emerging in the workplace.

“We are pleased to bring North Carolina’s first network of industry, government, health care and higher education together for this networked event,” said Judy White, Founder of The Infusion Group™.  “The world of work is undergoing revolutionary transformation. We are focused on helping leaders and organizations enlighten their experience throughout this monumental time in history, by cultivating ideas, exploring, discovering and shaping effective strategies to the emerging landscape of the modern workplace.”

What:  The Innovate Work Summit 2014 focuses on empowering leaders with the insights, ideas, connections and invite-only conversations in order that they may shape their organizations, communities in ways they may need to transform their business. Not a typical sit and listen event. Participants can fully-engage by submitting relevant topics of interest or lead a discussion or form an un-panel and collectively shape the afternoon’s agenda by choosing the sessions that are most intriguing and of interest to the attending community.

The agenda will include:

  • Keynote presentations from Dr. Bailian Li, NCSU’s global international affairs thought leader, Michael Fauscette, IDC’s leading market analyst and Global Vice President Software Solutions, Tracy Baker, President Mid South for Aetna and Dr. Devduth Sangvai, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Duke Medicine and President of North Carolina’s Medical Society.
  • Panel presentations from senior leaders across industry, government, health care and education who will engage on key issues include:  Business Security, Future of Inclusion, Veteran Friendly and Disability Ready, Social Workplace and a series of discussion lead sessions on tech and mhealth innovation, intelligent data, enterprise content manageability in a networked world,customer experience strategy, ageing 3.0, modern leadership, and more to better understand challenges and solutions.
  • Authentic interactions from like-minded leaders that are working to cultivate, navigate and overcome challenges and explore opportunities that transform their organizations and improve the well-being for people in North Carolina and abroad.
  • Networking with leaders to connect one-on-one and learn how they are collaborating to increase value and maximize business outcomes.

When:      Friday, September 12, 2014

Where:    The Institute of Emerging Issues
                   North Carolina State University, Centennial Campus
                   1070 Partner’s Way
Raleigh, NC

Registrations and Topic Submission

The Innovate Work Summit is currently welcoming topic submissions from participants.  To submit a topic of interest and register, please visit:  https://www.regonline.com/iwsregister

Sponsorships are currently welcome and available at a couple of remaining levels. To make the most of your summit experience and enjoy the benefits of sponsorship, please visit by clicking here.

Follow Innovate Work Summit 2014 as it evolves and join the conversation on Twitter via @InnovateWorkSum and #InnovateWorkSummit

 

About The Infusion Group™
Infusion Group™ LLC is a workplace culture design company and provider of innovative workplace consulting services, specializing in the future of work for the health care, technology, manufacturing and finance markets.  The Infusion Group™ is fueled by the passion for unlocking possibilities and the desire to enhance organizational performance, by helping leaders, executives and forward-oriented organizations achieve holistically tailored business strategies in the new world of work.
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Big Data: 7 Ways It Could Transform Life By 2020

Much has been written about big data. Smart data is changing the way we live and work. It’s changing business, communities, health, and societies. While many leading practices demonstrate significant examples how organizations are utilizing information, the possibilities for future growth and impact are on the horizon.

The following infographic shows seven ways that big data has begun and will continue to impact our lives in 2020.

7 Ways Big Data Could Revolutionize Life By 2020 - Via Who Is Hosting This: The Blog

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Beyond the Future of Work: Winning in a Connected Economy

Raleigh, N.C.—-Cloud, social, mobile, big data, and the Internet of Things are having a disruptive influence on business and economic impact. How will your organization face the competitive pressures impacting innovation, productivity and services now and into the future?

Go Beyond.

The 2014 Innovate Work Summit brings IDC’s leading analyst and thought leader, Michael Fauscette, group VP, Software Business Solutions who will explore the growing productivity gap where traditional automation is reaching its upper limit and modern workers are seeking new and more effective ways to get work done.

Gain new ideas to key questions including:

• What is a sense and respond business and how is it different from today?
• How are competitive pressures impacting product innovation and services?
• How are companies leveraging social technologies to change the way they do business?
• What will companies be doing in the future to enable workers to get work done?

He’ll share key expertise and insight at the Innovate Work Summit on Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Institute of Emerging Issues on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, N.C. The summit is by invite-only and includes senior leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs from across industry, health care, higher education and government, individual and group pricing is available here.

Beginning with a pre-event evening networking event, the Summit runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a continental breakfast, multiple networking exchanges and a host of con-current breakout sessions are available. Registration closes on September 8th. Click here for registration details.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community makes fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company. www.idc.com

About The Infusion Group™

Infusion Group™ LLC is a workplace culture design firm and provider of innovative workplace consulting services, specializing in the future of work for the health care, technology, manufacturing and finance markets. The Infusion Group™ is fueled by the passion for unlocking possibilities and the desire to enhance organizational performance, by helping leaders, executives and forward-oriented organizations achieve holistically tailored business strategies and healthier outcomes in the new world of work. www.theinfusiongroupllc.com

 

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Reshaping the Way We Work

 

The world has changed; how we create value in our organizations has changed. How we create enduring and sustainable workplace communities, especially among critical workforce segments is also changing.

With innovation accelerating across industry sectors, geographies and time zones; traditional levels of engagement are no longer keeping pace with the speed of business. Mobility and digital technology have expanded opportunities in emerging and developed markets, thereby increasing the level of global talent competitiveness and networks of people.

Today, surveys reveal that nearly half (47%) of global workers now work either remotely or in a form of flexible arrangement.  In fact, according to author Dan Pink, the number of part-time workers, “free agents” (self-employed) or temporary workers has skyrocketed with emerging technologies and adaptable marketing models such as Amazon and e-Bay.

This presents some unique challenges and opportunities as mobility becomes more immersed and leading technologies implemented, it requires the modern leader to re-imagine the employment relationship (or contract), the way work is shifting, and the overall experience that can be designed in a cross-cultural, cross-generational, inter-connected business environment.

Consider the fundamental ways in which the way we work in a social era is changing:

  • Work is more personalized.
  • Work is dependent on technology and accessibility to people, data and information through preferred devices and communication channels.
  • Work rewards sharing of trusted information efficiently.
  • Work respects the power of collective ideas.
  • Work respects influence and the values found in the social space over hierarchy.
  • Work often streams across an architecture of interconnected networks both internal and external to organizations.
  • Great work is often accomplished with supportive spaces (physical/virtual) and focused time.
  • Work aims to create a shared experience for co-creators (employees) and customers.
  • Work respects two-way dialogue and social learning.

These shifts highlight a more fundamental change than the way we work. At the core, it changes the very nature of how we do business.  From jobs and tasks which are organized and arranged into component specialties, dispersed widely, and managed across borders now lead to entirely new business models, organizational designs and collaborative communities that can result in game changing products and services.

This rapidly changing world of work now requires a new formula for how talent is identified (sourced), developed, trained, deployed/re-deployed, managed, inspired and rewarded.

As you ponder the ways in which the architecture of work is evolving in your workplace ask yourself, “Are there better ways in which work can be accomplished that can create a more valuable experience for co-creators (employees & customers) and provides a healthier return on investment?”

Imagine If….

  • You could more easily connect four “generations” of people in the workplace, with unprecedented diversity of backgrounds from around the globe, with potential clients through transparent cloud computing platforms.
  • There were better ways that you could readily tap into a bench of talent and enable the best ideas to rise for a specific piece of work or for a project’s duration without absorbing extensive workforce costs. For example, one of the fastest growing design companies, 99designs.com, enables access to crowd sourcing options with leading designers who can compliment your internal resources and strategic initiatives without having to go through a lengthy recruitment process.
  • Your co-creators (employees) could receive in “two clicks” (or feedback in real-time) what they typically receive in ten – or in a quarterly or semi-annual review cycle. Imagine how your workplace could become more adaptive to market demands and innovative in achieving remarkable results.
  • The traditional hierarchical management structure could evolve at a pace that was less taxing and stress-testing to people as you manage a connected workforce through handhelds and broad bands.

Be Courageous

It takes courage to transform a culture to a new way of doing business. However, as the world of work changes, we too must evolve and reduce the risk of our organizations from being disrupted – by thinkers, communities and other companies that are advancing business strategies whereby everyone’s energy can be released in ways that inspire boundary-testing to build (or adapt) more quickly.

There’s never been a greater time than now to take your leadership to another level and begin releasing your company’s greatest potential.

Question:  What steps are you taking to experiment in new ways of working?  Share your experience here or tweet us @InfusionGrpLLC.

 

©2012 All rights reserved.  Judy White, SPHR, GPHR, HCS is the founder and president of The Infusion Group™.  A trusted partner in creating new possibilities in workplace culture design and talent management to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, and society.  How may we help you?    www.theinfusiongroupllc.com

Additional Reading:
5 Ways Social Media Will Change The Way You Work in 2013  - Forbes

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Evolution of the Knowledge Worker

Martin Feregrino first coined the word in 1959, the term ‘knowledge worker’ describes anyone who develops, works with, or uses information in the workplace. As information-centric services rise in the modern economic paradigm, knowledge workers are becoming the fastest growinKnowledge-Worker-FINAL2g sector of the world’s workforce, driving 70 percent of economic growth. Here’s a look at the knowledge worker­ – then and now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infographic credit:  Socialcast

©2014  All rights reserved. Judy White, SPHR, GPHR, HCS is the founder and president of The Infusion Group™.  A trusted partner in creating new possibilities in workplace culture design and talent management to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, and society.  How may we help you? For more information, please click here.

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The Biggest Wins Are With Us

We have one life to run the best race set before us. Our potential to achieve is intended for us to first learn what our own best race is by understanding the key talents, strengths, motivation, passion, and creativity that live within us.  How we fuse all of these intangible attributes into becoming worthy outcomes we desire from this life is an art. When we infuse this potential and partner with others who care deeply about what matters, life becomes more meaningful and the outcomes are even more remarkable for everyone.

Whose race are we running?
 
Is it your race or mine or are we racing our own race, together? As leaders, when we deny ourselves the benefit of reflection becoming aware of our actions and the impact they have on others, if we’re not careful, we may find ourselves slipping into the trap of racing someone else’s race, the boss’s race, a competitor’s race, that’s the way we’ve always done it race and in the end we lose a real sense of our beings. Eventually our workplaces lose something unique too. Through reflection we find the freedom to show up as we truly are and no longer are reactionary to issues. The safe space of reflection that we extend to ourselves and others helps us to discern what is realistically within our control and what lies on the fringes.

The best races are when the best possible outcomes can be pursued and achieved. Discovering first what our own best race is with authenticity and ingenuity, then determining what the best race of others who choose to join us in the pursuit will become. When we acquire and retain the right people in our workplace, forming a group or a team aligned with each of our best races toward a shared purpose, everyone wins through generously giving our unique contributions the very best we have to offer. It is this pursuit of excellence we expand our possibilities of reaching the next level.

Joseph Riddick “Rick” Hendrick III, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Hendrick Motorsports knows precisely the power of running the best race, together. Born and raised on a small farm south of Richmond, VA near the border of North Carolina, Rick learned the value of family, hard work, sheer determination and developed a passion for automobiles.  His wise father, “Pappa Joe”, helped to nurture his passion. At the young age of 14, Rick entered the world of auto racing, winning titles with Chevy vehicles he had built himself. Rather than pursue a career playing professional baseball, he followed his other passion and eventually invested in his first Chevy franchise at the age of 26. His hard work, dedication and influence eventually set his dealership apart as a regional profit center. Rick’s early success set the course for his life, and many others that would join him in the race. Today, Mr. Hendrick owns more than 90 franchises and employs over 6,700 employees across 11 states.

Running deep in the life of this founder are distinct qualities of a leader that brings forth the best talent, passion, skills and innovation. Guided by uncompromising family values, Mr. Hendrick has proven that he can compete in an industry known for its competitiveness and a natural drive toward “me first”.  Mr. Hendrick’s passion for people and excellence has led to the premiere operations of Hendrick Motorsports; garnering a NASCAR record of 13 owner championships of 14 overall.

Hendrick Motorsports, a world-class environment and franchise is known for heralding NASCAR superstars like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88, Jeff Gordon #24, Jimmy Johnson #48 and Mark Martin #5. Mr. Hendrick’s vision and personal investment in helping each individual race car driver become a superstar has created a powerhouse where success is defined and attained only by helping other drivers succeed in the process. You don’t have to be a fan of NASCAR to appreciate the values, accountability, stewardship, and camaraderie found in this business enterprise. Each of the drivers while competitors with one another, ensure that on race day they’re on the track helping one another get to the front of the race. It’s clearly understood that if two of them get to the front, then they will compete honorably and race their best race. It is believed and lived among these race car drivers that when this condition exists, the real race has already been won because the checkered flag goes to the one who has earned it. Working together they race the best race and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

Team is at the core of Hendrick Motorsports. When Jimmy Johnson was behind in points and found himself out of the running last year his pit crew chief Chad Knaus took action and proposed that Jimmy’s pit crew step up and help their fellow teammate Jeff Gordon and win the championship for the franchise. The team members adapted and focused on what really mattered for the organization. Commitment is at the center of Hendrick Motorsports.  Committing to “together” is better.

Fortunately, if you should find your workplace challenged with leaders working independently and at cross-purposes with one another, you can foster the needed change by collaborating and developing your RPMs.
 

Reflect

Consider where your best race is right now.  Are you racing toward your highest goals, chasing a title, or someone else’s purpose? Are you running your best race, fulfilling your purpose? Does it need a tune-up or a new direction?

Partner

Are your vital partners, colleagues and alliances, running their best race? Have you defined who the key people are that are vital to your success in the next year or two? How are their best races similar or different from yours?

How might you collaborate better with those on a similar race track and potentially build breakthrough partnerships?

Move Forward

What are some of the best races that would align with your desired potential outcomes? How do these potential outcomes drive your internal motivation? How might you infuse these races together? What might that look like?

What can you do to propel your dreams, to get where you want to be? One life filled with many dreams. That’s all we’re given. What is it that you want to do? Are you doing it? What are the dreams of your workplace? Are they aligned? If not, what is holding you back from realizing your full potential? Outline the obstacles that are in the way and make the commitment to overcome them.

We’re grateful to receive your private messages and emails and gladly invite you to continue with your feedback. Let us know how we can help you race your best race. Together we can put the words to your workplace dreams, to your race, and outline the strategic initiatives to enable you and your leaders to run the race of your life.

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©2011 All rights reserved. Judy White, SPHR, GPHR, HCS is the founder and president of The Infusion Group™.  A trusted partner in creating new possibilities in workplace culture design and talent management to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, and society.  How may we help you? For more information, please click here.

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