The Bold New Breed of employee is driven by the gig mindset. The gig mindset is a way of thinking and behaving like freelancers and independent gig workers. Except, the gig mindsetters are employees inside organizations.
They are a NEW Breed because they work differently from traditional workers.
They are a BOLD new breed, because they come up against management resistance.
When I talked about gig mindsetters in conference keynotes, I had these reactions from people in the audience:
“You’re the first person to understand me.”
“Now I know why I have the problems I have at work.”
“Thank you for giving me an identity.”
Gig mindsetters make management nervous, and feel threatened. They trigger strong reactions including getting sidelined or reprimanded. Three underlying issues:
The gig mindset story in this podcast and the book The Gig Mindset Advantage are based on 10 years of annual, global surveys about “the organization in the digital age”, and 2 years of research dedicated to the gig mindset.