Press on Maynard Webb and Rebooting Work

The Changing of the Corporate Guard

March 1st, 2013

By Kara Miller and Kinne Chapin

What will unify the companies of tomorrow? Well, the fact that they don’t look anything like the companies of today. Kara Miller asked Bob Pozen, former chairman of MFS Investment Management, author of “Extreme Productivity,” and lecturer at Harvard Business School and Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps, former COO of eBay, and author of “Re-booting Work” — how can businesses survive the transition?


There are radical changes afoot in the workplace — from which employees are most valuable to how companies measure success. And while some companies are eager to hang on to their 9-to-5, climb-the-corporate-ladder ways, industry titans agree: the old ways are going extinct…….

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Top talent transforming world of work

February 18th, 2013

By Esha Chhabra

Numbing commutes, rigid schedules, and a top-down chain of command in the work world alienates employees, says Maynard Webb, author of the new book “Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship.”

The “age of paternalism,” as he calls it, is over. And employees, especially top talent, are seeking jobs that complement their lives better. That means that employers, he warns, should start listening to their staff’s needs and reconsider the traditional 9-5 concepts…….

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10 Questions With Maynard Webb, Author of Rebooting Work.

February 15th, 2013

Elance Blog

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…….

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Ground Rules for Managers

February 12th, 2013

Blog By Brian Tracy

Some managers are perceived as micro managers while others are so far removed from the day to day they just administrate.  So what’s right? I don’t think the answer comes down to style, but to situation.

How do you know when it is time to dive in versus when it is time to delegate? Below I have spelled out five rules for managers in any industry that will make work better in the Age of Entrepreneurship.

Rule #1: It Is All About Talent

Implement policies and practices that attract the best talent in the marketplace.  Many practices that traditional companies have employed, such as a tops down culture and awards based on years of service no longer appeal to today’s top talent.  Honestly assess where you rank in your industry as a talent magnet for the best of the best.  There are many reasons why you might not be top for appealing to talent (company strategy and market position, compensation philosophy, etc). You should know where you are and design a strategy to get to where you aspire to be.  Even in a company with challenges, the best talent often migrates to working for the best leaders.  Look at what these people are doing to attract and retain them.

Rule #2:……

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Where the Green Jobs Really Are

February 11th, 2013

By Maynard Webb

There’s much brouhaha about “green jobs” those that arise from new clean-tech companies, created to help solve the climate crisis. I’m all for this — we need this kind of innovation — but green jobs are hardly the economic cure-all they are often made out to be. In fact, they only account for a small fraction of the U.S. workforce.

It’s time to take a different approach to green jobs. We can transform the way people work to achieve change on a mass level, and every manager can encourage sustainability by making one modification that would benefit the environment. Additionally, this change can positively affect employee morale and productivity, as well as company efficiency and profitability. So here’s what you need to do:

Stop working in the office. Offices and office hours once made good sense. Before the advent of the Internet and personal computers, you had to go to work to gain access to information. If you weren’t at work you couldn’t do work…….

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Ex-eBay COO’s new book examines work in entrepreneurial age

February 8th, 2013

By Jon Swartz

Millennials face a brutal workforce. Baby Boomers can only dream about retirement. Most companies don’t last as long.

The job market has never been so desultory. Right?

Wrong, argues tech veteran Maynard Webb. In his book, Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship (Jossey-Bass; $27.95; 224 pages), he argues that just as the Industrial Revolution was defined by manufacturing that created jobs, today’s information-technology revolution is offering people more work options and flexibility…….

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Maynard Webb Explains How We Can Reboot the Workplace

February 8th, 2013

By Michelle Kung

John Donahoe and Maynard Webb discuss the future of work.

Last night, technology industry veteran Maynard Webb discussed basic business principles and the need for a more flexible workplace with eBay Inc. Chief Executive John Donahoe. The dialogue, which was held on PayPal’s campus in San Jose, Calif., began as discussion about Webb’s new book, “Rebooting Work,” but later segued into a deeper look at what large corporations can do to attract, keep, and inspire talented employees.

Webb, who also gave a presentation to eBay inc. employees earlier in the day, said he was inspired to write his book after starting to write blog posts about the nature of work while at LiveOps, a cloud-based call center. The book also let him address, in one tome, the many questions his acolytes had been asking him about how to run a successful tech company…….

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Maynard Webb Reinvents and Reboots Work

February 7th, 2013

Blog by Terri Griffith

Maynard Webb inspired me with the ideas behind his new book, Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship, last night at Santa Clara University. He’s been involved with the transformation of eBay, the transformation of call centers via LiveOps (where he’s Chairman and past CEO), and now the transformation of mentoring through the start-up Outside Counsel.

He opened with something I see everyday: Our work outside the organization’s walls is more social, more technically sophisticated, and often more productive than the work done inside the walls. As a result, work satisfaction and organizational commitment is down. “What we have outside of work makes the inside of work look stodgy.”

Technology changed, our expectations changed, and organizations changed (less paternalistic and less focused on employee development for the long term – John Hagel and John Seeley Brown talk about how crazy that is), but not necessarily in an effective mix…….
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Keeping Staff Motivated When Times Are Tough

February 6th, 2013

By Larry Dobrow

You’d think that anyone with the brains and survival skills to qualify as a “higher-up” nowadays would long since have figured out how to keep their employees engaged and motivated during tough times. You’d think that, collectively, they would have codified a set of go-to communications techniques to address specific common situations (imminent layoffs, pay freezes, etc.). Alas, you’d think wrong.

Even as the U.S. economy has sputtered for close to half a decade, some of the engagement and motivational strategies used by actual, ostensibly successful businesses sound like they were dreamed up by second-graders. To wit, one healthcare IT consulting firm says it keeps morale high and employee turnover low by staging “pet supermodel” contests and presenting “Born Winner” onesies (decorated with the firm’s logo, natch) to new-parent employees……..

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Reinventing Reward Systems For A Happier Office

February 6th, 2013

By Guest Writer Maynard Webb

Your father probably loved that gold watch he got for loyal service, but those days are over. This generation demands immediate recognition and creative incentives that reflect the social media world they understand.

The Millennials already account for 40 million in the workforce, and they are set to become America’s first hundred-million-member generation. How they grew up–with mobile devices, online access, and social media–influences the way they work. And it’s influencing the way everyone will work.

Although I advocate the benefits of working as an independent contractor, I understand that doing so is a stretch for many people. I think there is a much larger number of workers who operate with a freelancer mentality but have chosen to work for companies for various reasons. There’s the nasty reality that many new companies fail, which introduces the possibility of not being able to provide for your family or build an appropriate livelihood. Some people might want the perks of corporate life such as paid vacations and health care and retirement planning. For these reasons, I believe that many people will still work for companies, but I also believe that how they do that must change…….

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