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Working Beyond Free Agent Nation


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“Working Beyond Free Agent Nation” with R.O. Why! Marketing’s Brian LeCount. The power of one is being proven as individuals strike out on their own in the world of work. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Working Beyond Free Agent Nation

  1. 1. beyond free agent nation <ul><li>July 30, 2009 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ In good times, people leap into </li></ul><ul><li>free agency. In bad times, </li></ul><ul><li>they get pushed.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. words we don’t use <ul><li>Empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Work/Life Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Retention </li></ul><ul><li>Pay Your Dues </li></ul><ul><li>Work For </li></ul>
  4. 4. words we use <ul><li>I’m the one that empowers you </li></ul><ul><li>Liberation </li></ul><ul><li>Work when I want to </li></ul><ul><li>Oil is a resource. Me? I’m a talented individual that you want & need. </li></ul><ul><li>Retain your earnings, water, or your cattle, but not me </li></ul><ul><li>Pay myself </li></ul><ul><li>Just in Time Politics </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Out Principle </li></ul>
  5. 5. the change is underway <ul><li>14 million self-employed Americans </li></ul><ul><li>8.3 million independent contractors </li></ul><ul><li>2.3 million finding work through temp agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer than 1 in 10 work for a Fortune 500 </li></ul><ul><li>74 million copies of Form 1099-MISC headed </li></ul><ul><li>out in January - the pay stub of free agents </li></ul>
  6. 6. 16% of the workforce
  7. 7. that was 18 months ago
  8. 8. by 2020, 50%
  9. 9. what’s driving this? <ul><li>Movements like ROWE are changing the definition of work </li></ul><ul><li>Organizations are engaging talent on a contract basis </li></ul><ul><li>In times of scarcity, companies are reviewing agency relationships & engaging specialists </li></ul>
  10. 10. more striking out <ul><li>In Cincinnati, there are 5 candidates for every open position and that number is growing </li></ul><ul><li>2005 Study: 26% of salary & wage earners plan to hang their own shingle </li></ul><ul><li>Not only can it be more fulfilling to work for 5 clients than it is to work for 1 boss, many find it’s also much safer. </li></ul>
  11. 11. It’s come a long way <ul><li>Companies are embracing independents like never before </li></ul><ul><li>Tools & technologies make working without boundaries easy </li></ul><ul><li>Professionals are taking many years of broad experience & focusing on niches </li></ul>This town is oozing with amazing talent
  12. 12. significant barriers exist <ul><li>Who’s living the dream? </li></ul><ul><li>Who wants another cup of coffee? </li></ul><ul><li>Is your network REALLY working for you? </li></ul><ul><li>What % of your time is spent on your core passions? </li></ul>
  13. 13. free agent nation is flawed <ul><li>Isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Territoriality </li></ul><ul><li>Harder for the client </li></ul><ul><li>Are we becoming a commodity? </li></ul>
  14. 14. it can be better <ul><li>We don’t OWN as much as we like to think we do </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s lose the ‘fiefdom’ mentality </li></ul><ul><li>It’s bigger and better if we work together </li></ul><ul><li>Client-focused strategic solutions </li></ul>
  15. 15. imagine... <ul><li>Doing what we love, and none of what we don’t </li></ul><ul><li>Professional interaction among like-minded, independent individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Camaraderie of an office environment, without the politics </li></ul><ul><li>Source of new business, resulting from close relationships </li></ul><ul><li>A self-sustaining coworking community. In fact, a series of them. </li></ul>
  16. 16. what does it look like? <ul><li>Coworking on STEROIDS </li></ul><ul><li>True strategic collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking, but even more connected </li></ul><ul><li>Closer, more aligned community </li></ul><ul><li>Better model for delivering great work & protecting our value </li></ul>
  17. 17. let’s start a movement <ul><li>Teamwork, community, collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>A habitat, an ecosystem delivering mutual benefit </li></ul><ul><li>The best talent for the job without big costs </li></ul>WE CAN DELIVER A BETTER PRODUCT THAN WE ARE TODAY
  18. 18. INTERESTED? <ul><li>@blecount </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>513.791.8670 </li></ul>