Elance was fortunate to catch-up with tech veteran Maynard Webb this week, author of Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship. His new book is the definitive guide to understanding how and why today’s workplace is changing, and how you can Work Differently to achieve your career and life goals.
Maynard should know a thing or two about adapting. He began his career as a traditional “company man” at IBM, gradually evolving to the Silicon Valley “way” while working at eBay (COO) and LiveOps (CEO). Today he has a clear view of our transforming world of work, sitting on the boards of Yahoo!, Salesforce and LiveOps – all while juggling other enterprises and writing a best-selling book (with the help of Carlye Adler). Here’s some of our conversation:
1. In Rebooting Work you note that 47% of American workers today are unhappy. Why do you think this is?
Maynard Webb: People today are accustomed to choices. The TV has 200 channels plus on-demand movies, the smartphone has 50 applications, the car radio is programmed to their musical tastes. But at work, there is very little choice. At the office you’re told what to do, and there’s little or no satisfaction in that. People want control and many businesses won’t yet let go of that control…….