A Friend In Every City

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The Future of work success for many in the future lies in their ability to network. In His new book network guru Thomas Power opens the door for everyone to enter informed into this burgeoning new employment environment.

As Western Europe becomes a resource of knowledge rather than manufacturing and engineering, one of the long-term socio economic effects is the rise in the need for person-to-person networking. Increasing in relevancy for the burgeoning self employed workforce. It is a resource needed by both those looking for and those supplying project based contract employment, as rising labour costs break down organizations across the western world and force them to remodel.

In ‘A Friend in Every City’ authors, Penny and Thomas Power and Andy Coote propose that people need to give support, before receiving within this new environment. This concept is set amidst a well-structured and embraced framework where elements of emotional wealth are valued within the context of networking. A business community where individuals offering complimentary services to a group based project will grow, services that at one point would have been under the aegis of a corporate body.

The business globe has shrunk for the West, as manufacturing and engineering migrate to the east leaving behind a resource of skilled experienced workers, for whom the prospect is both lonely and daunting. The book talks of enabling people who in the past would have worked in an office under one roof to be collected together for projects, whether through early retirement or redundancy, thousands now find themselves lone working. Project owners now have a resource to easily find whole teams or individuals with specific skills and individuals looking for a continuity of work can find one that fits their lifestyle and their need for fulfillment no matter what their age.

'A Friend in Every City' offers a clear and engaging explanation of the cause and effects of the process that is transforming the way we work, moving deftly into deeper theories including the work of Jung and Katherine Briggs that supports and substantiates this in the latter half.

Intrinsic to the concepts put forward is the notion of emotional wealth, which rather like emotional intelligence has become much more than a management phrase, essentially the concept of an emotional self is incorporated into the idea of doing business within the network.

Moving on to explore the history and future prospects for the growing community movement and the issue of retirement as a dated and impractical concept. The authors detail a future that for those who are prepared and aware of the new possibilities will benefit greatly.

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