Interactive Periodic Table of the Future of Work


by Doug Kirkpatrick, US Partner at NuFocus Strategic Group

Two-and-a-half years ago, a friend and I were musing about the various elements of what we loosely called the Future of Work. We began to brainstorm on a white board what those elements might be, and came up with a rudimentary bubble chart featuring items like Agile, Holacracy, Lattice Management, Self-Management and several others.

Much gratitude to that friend, Kennan Kellaris Salinero of Reimagine Science for catalyzing the initial brainstorm cloud formation. As a scientist, Kennan also inspired the visual concept of a periodic table. Thanks also to Benay Dara-Abrams and Joan Blades of Great Work Cultures for their encouragement in organizing the elements and publishing the infographic (knowing full well that it is a dynamic, not static exercise and that the table will never be complete nor perfect).

Any potential usefulness is derived entirely from the amazing universe of thinkers and doers (too many to thank here individually) working to shape the workplace of the future. Any mistakes, errors and omissions are mine alone.

Click here to view the Interactive Periodic Table of the Future of Work. Click on the name of any element to pop up a clickable link to learn more about that element.

Doug Kirkpatrick is the author of Beyond Empowerment, The Age of the Self-Managed Organization. He is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, writer, educator and board member at the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

He engages with the Morning Star Self-Management Institute, Great Work Cultures, The Center for Innovative Cultures and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management. Contact Doug at Twitter @Redshifter3.