New research commissioned by HSBC suggests that advancing technologies and different working methods are changing business more significantly than at any time since the Industrial Revolution.
Are you evolving, or revolving?
It seems that freelancers, entrepreneurs
and those in creative industries are leading the charge into a bold
new future. Innovations like 'referral economists', 'slash/slash
careerists', and 'bleisure' are pulling and pushing business in new
directions, and cluttering up dictionaries with dubious new jargon,
Do you love what you do for a living? Do you do what you love for a living? You may be experiencing 'bleisure' - it's what happens when business and leisure intersect. It's not dangerous, so enjoy it!
Are you a freelance surgeon/funeral director? Or maybe you're a Ruby Developer/Digital Content Strategist. Or a Freelance Magnifier/Trapeze Escapologist/Personal Trainer. If your job title looks anything like this, you're a slash/slash careerist.
Well-connected individuals (self-facilitating media nodes?) who make a business out of connecting others.
The North-South Divide
The report, by HSBC Commercial Banking
and The Future Laboratory, is the result of interviews with 18
industry experts and a survey of 500 experts and entrepreneurs. One
interesting discovery to emerge is the shifting balance in fortunes
between the north and south.
Traditionally the south has been wealthier and more successful. Now, tougher competition and higher living costs are sending entrepreneurs north. Is the future of British business in the north?
Do you think the proliferation of freelance and contract working styles is changing the way the world works?
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