“Make meaning at work, not just money.”

– Chuck Blakeman

The Industrial Age is so dead its ghost is gathering dust. But what’s next?

To answer that question, I’d like to take you to TEDxMileHigh – to a talk that’s already happened and is now available to view below.

It’s my new #1 favorite TED Talk – yes, favorite TED ever, not just this year, and not just TEDx. Ever. Much as I love Ken Robinson, Brené Brown and Simon Sinek’s talks, Chuck Blakeman wins this honor of my new favorite with “The Emerging Work World in the Participation Age.”

In it, Chuck discusses what your company can be like when every last member of your workforce is treated as a mature, responsible adult. He dubs this a “participation” workplace – you may know it as flat, or self-management, or enlightened, or just plain savvy business.

Those who embrace the Participation Age will flourish, and those who don’t will be left behind.

At the start of his talk, Chuck talks about “Workplaces with a Soul.” Then he tells us, “This isn’t woo-woo crap; these are hardcore business strategies. And this isn’t a fringe idea. Those who embrace the Participation Age will flourish, and those who don’t will be left behind.”

Please, share a link to your favorite TED talk in the comments below.

A sincere “THANKS – AGAIN!” to the brilliant Suzanne Daigle, uber-connector, for sharing this phenomenal Inc. article with me, which led me his talk: “Companies without Managers Do Better by Every Metric.”

First published on Ted’s former blog.

About Ted Coiné

Ted Coiné is CEO of The Extraordinary Network, a group that is rewriting all the rules of influencer marketing by cutting out agency middlemen to work directly with B2B and luxury brands. Proud “bleeding heart capitalists,” he and his team have built support of a great cause into every for-profit campaign they undertake.

His entire career, Ted has collected fascinating people, most notably other thought leaders who also have a large and loyal audience of large enterprise leaders. He has watched the Wild West that is influencer marketing until he realized an opportunity to fix this broken system, and give influencers the sway they need to move markets together, and to get paid what they’re deserved for this power they bring to bear.

An Inc. Top 100 Speaker and one of Business News Daily’s 15 Twitter Accounts Every Entrepreneur Should Follow, Ranked #1 authority on the Social CEO and #3 in the Future of Work, Ted is also a serial business founder and CEO.

Ted is a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer and an Inc. Top 100 Leadership Expert. This stance at the crossroads of social and leadership gave Ted a unique perspective to identify the demise of Industrial Age management and the birth of the Social Age. The result, after five years of trend watching, interviewing and intensive research, is his latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive.

He lives in Naples, Florida, with his wife and two daughters.


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