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Futurist Alvin Toffler Taught Me About Work in 1970

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“Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock painted a picture of what future societies would look like, he taught me about work” –Paul Ebeling

He told me, “No serious futurist deals in “predictions”, instead encouraged me to think about larger concepts including:

Telecommuting: Fewer and fewer jobs today require employees to be physically present in their office. He predicted this and the rise of home offices, writing that homes would be “electronic cottages” that would allow us greater work-life balance and a richer family life. Today, that is happening, I have been doing it for nearly 50yrs.

He popularized the phrase “adhocracy,” a reference to a company that operates without a formal hierarchy. An adhocracy is flexible and often horizontally structured. It allows for creativity and adaptability, since employees are not pigeonholed into certain roles. 

Many startups today are adhocracies offering roles that change based on needs and titles that would not fit anywhere on a traditional corporate ladder. 

Have a happy, prosperous weekend, Keep the Faith!

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Paul A. Ebeling, a polymath, excels, in diverse fields of knowledge Including Pattern Recognition Analysis in Equities, Commodities and Foreign Exchange, and he is the author of "The Red Roadmaster's Technical Report on the US Major Market Indices, a highly regarded, weekly financial market commentary. He is a philosopher, issuing insights on a wide range of subjects to over a million cohorts. An international audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognize Ebeling as an expert.