BCG Henderson Institute

How the Future Works with Brian Elliott

"Flexibility is more than where people work. It's rethinking how and when we work that allows us to unlock the potential in people, improve organizational performance, and build more inclusive organizations."

Brian Elliott is Executive Leader at Future Forum and Senior Vice President at Slack. He has spent the last three decades leading teams and building companies.

In his book How the Future Works. Leading Flexible Teams to do the Best Work of Their Lives, co-authored by Sheela Subramanian and Helen Kupp, he points out that the way we worked in pre-pandemic times is no longer effective and the concept of nine-to-five, five-days-a-week, in-office work environments does not resonate with most employees today, or with the requirements of our knowledge-based economy.

In conversation with Martin Reeves, Chairman of BCG Henderson Institute, Brian discusses ways leaders can optimize for better outcomes by extending the more flexible approach we take towards different customers and applying this model to individual employees within their company. By doing so, leaders can make work more productive, fairer, more attractive to employees, and even a source of competitive advantage.

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