Welcome back to Collective Bookmarks. This week’s newsletter is a 6 minute read, or about the time it takes to check out at a grocery store when someone in front of you suddenly breaks out a checkbook to pay. Collective Bookmarks is sponsored by HqO, the world’s leading workplace experience platform.

Last week Collective co-hosted an event with Epoch in San Francisco. We had some wonderful conversations with folks from across the workplace industry. Our co-founder Omar was able to share some insights alongside an awesome panel of practitioners from BetterHelp, Epoch, and ChainLink Labs. Our thanks go out to everyone who made this event possible including Epoch & Newmark!

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In This Week’s Issue:

Events We’re Attending: Our LinkedIn Live Discussing Why We Started Collective Connect
Books We’re Reading: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin (this book is long)

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Three Things You Should Know

From The World of Work and Place

1.The Winners & Losers of Distributed Work

In an extremely detailed excerpt from his upcoming book Dror Poleg looks at the history of globalization and the effects it has had on income distribution. He highlights that while globalization was of benefit to raising up millions of people in developing parts of the world, it led to stagnation for the middle class in developed countries.  Additionally, he dissects income distribution charts further to show that while the top 1% is often spoken about as benefiting the most, there is a great distance between the top .5% and the top .1% as well.  

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What We Think: So what does this mean for the future of work and more specifically place? How will distributed work affect globalization? Admittedly, Dror leaves us hanging til next week for those answers. We look forward to reading but this article did get us thinking. It’s important to consider the effects of being able to hire anyone, anywhere for any role, and consider what that will mean for people in any country. The only real restrictions to hiring now are time zones, paperwork and a company’s ability to adopt remote practices in a concrete way. Those are some very real constraints when you think about how hard it has been for company’s to adapt practices post pandemic.   We look forward to reading Dror’s predictions. For now, if you want to read in depth on his analysis click below.

2. Developing A Continuous Learning Mindset

The work environment today is in a constant flux with new technologies emerging and changes in societal and economic dynamics. Employees have expressed concerns in the face of these changes, yet embracing a mindset of continuous learning can empower you to remain relevant amid the evolving landscape and its demands. Kelly Colón‘s latest Collective Thoughts article outlines the importance of continuous learning and provides strategies to help cultivate this mindset.

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3. How to Be A Purpose Driven Leader Without Burning Out

In this piece for HBR Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth Lotardo outline a new way for leaders to be purpose driven while avoiding burning themselves out.  They highlight that servant leadership, which was coined by Robert Greenleaf in 1970, is no longer sustainable in the modern era.  The number of tasks, people we manage and way organizations work has changed.  They propose moving from servant leadership to what they refer to as “noble purpose leadership.”  The primary difference being that in a servant leadership role you are in your role to serve others, and in a noble purpose leadership role you are in your role to make an impact.  They highlight 3 key areas that leaders can put a noble purpose lens on:  employee interactions, decision making, and coaching.

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What We Think: The way we work has surely changed not just in the past 50 years but also in the past 3 years as well. Not only are we managing people in a far more distributed way than Greenleaf probably considered, we are also managing an ever growing list of tasks and number of humans. Workplace teams are constantly asked to do more with less & to be “resourceful.” Being of service certainly takes a toll over time, and we appreciated the concept of “making an impact” on the people you are managing. This doesn’t necessarily negate being available and helping your team. However, anything that helps mitigate the ever increasing rates of burnout might be worth trying.

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HqO, ranked No. 75 on the Inc. 5000 list, is transforming how people connect with each other and the places they work. The HqO Workplace Experience Platform and App makes it easy for companies and commercial property teams to create modern workplaces through world-class amenities and services that allow people to thrive and produce the best results. Active in over 250 million square feet in 25 countries, 57% of the Fortune 100 rely on HqO to enhance their workplace experiences, improve employee satisfaction, and drive operational excellence.

One Big Thing

“Without the willingness to adapt and learn, employees may find themselves stranded in the face of these tectonic shifts.” Kelly Colón

Someone You Should Know

In The World of Work And Place

Kirsty Angerer

Kirsty Angerer is passionate about human centric design and has a deep understanding of the interactions among humans and the ecosystems of workplaces.

In the last 10 years she has worked Internationally with SME’s and large Fortune 500 organizations to enhance people’s health and optimize performance through developing & implementing ergonomics programs and influencing the design of workplaces. She has been an advisor on the WELL Movement Advisory providing guidance to WELL on how to incorporate design and policy interventions that promote physical activity and movement. Now a CoreNet Global Young Leader Board member.

Her role as Development Director at Leesman is to equip executives at all levels to make informed, forward-thinking decisions that allow them to mitigate risk, plan for the future, and benefit from great employee workplace experience.

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What We Think: What We Think: Not only is Kirsty a fantastically knowledgable professional, but she is also a wonderful human. We’re lucky to count her as an early supporter of what we’ve been building at Collective and to have spoken alongside her at a number of events.  The research her team is doing is useful to every workplace team so definitely check it out and be sure not to miss her October session with Collective Connect “The Workplace Reset.”

What’s Happening in The Collective Connect Community?

While we’re just getting started with the launch of our Collective Connect community we’re already lining up some incredible speakers. What’s even more exciting is most of our speakers are also community members. They’re Connectors.

We’ll be posting snippets from these events but the only way to fully participate and join in the conversation is to join the community. We hope to see you there.

A Product We’re Into


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What We Think: Tactic provides the necessary solutions to capture the workplace experience for both employees regularly on-site and those who typically work from home or are distributed with space reservation, visitor management, policy management, leave management, and office insights. We like that their product is flexible and scalable to fulfill each company’s unique needs, along with being transparent on their pricing plans.

That’s It For This Week

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