"As someone deeply entrenched in the study of social dynamics and the ever-changing landscape of work, I can enthusiastically endorse Gwen Stirling-Wilkie's book on Omni-Working. Her emphasis on 'how' people work, practical framework, and adaptability make this book a transformative resource. This is truly a valuable guide for navigating the evolving work landscape."
Michael J. Arena, Ph.D., author of Adaptive Space and former Chief Talent Officer, General Motors
The question of where people work has generated thousands of headlines and sparked a polarising debate between ‘returning to the office’ and ‘working from home’. Where to work is only one part of the solution, being enabled to work effectively is another, and there is more to consider. It's time to move beyond the debate and reimagine how work gets done. That's where Omni-Working comes in...
This isn’t a theoretical or academic book, it is drawn from the author’s hands-on, 30-year career as a leader and organisational consultant. It includes vignettes from senior leaders actively trying to find solutions to the challenges they face to improve engagement, collaboration and performance. It seeks to find the best blend of where and how teams work most effectively for their organisation’s context.
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It’s time to pause and review the working practices that underpin how work gets done, drawing on everyone’s recent experiences to create engaged teams who are able to do their best work. Gwen Stirling-Wilkie provides pragmatic guidance for leaders to do this, to refresh and reimagine the models of work in their organisation.
Creating a strategy to work effectively in all ways, from all places is not a one-size-fits all solution, it is a series of conversations and experiments within a set of guiding principles.
The future of work is becoming clearer, but we aren’t there yet. Smart leaders are listening to their people as they evolve new models of work and become the best omni-working organisation they can be.
" Gwen Stirling-Wilkie delivers a remarkable book that takes us from the current skirmishes between RTO vs. remote work into the much more important process of optimizing how work should be done. Omni-Working takes us into the quantum world of the new workplace where multiple alternative solutions can be in operation simultaneously, individually designed for each organization and its employees.
Readers will better understand the importance of connections and relationships to enhance working practices and deliver optimal outcomes. Omni-Working will help you create a better future for your organization as well as for yourself."
Francis Saele, Managing Principal at Mortevita, formerly Portfolio Services executive with CBRE, Newmark, and Accenture
'A Powerful and Liberating Leadership Mindset'
"There is no one quite like Gwen when it comes to understanding and demystifying the myriad of permutations and opportunities that the new ways of working presents.
It can seem too complex and become overly emotional as we navigate the perceived conflicting demands of work and people. But, as Gwen clearly demonstrates, it is not achoice of one or the other. If we get stuck in the conundrum of “where” people work then there is no solution. Gwen has created the 7 principles of Omni-Working that move us into a focus on “how” we work together in the most effective way for the team and the business. It is a brilliant, win-win concept.
The expression Gwen uses that really inspires me is that we must focus on coming together “with intention and purpose, not prescription” - that is a powerful and liberating leadership mindset for us all to hold as we wrestle with this modern work dynamic. It is the outcome of a truly compassionate approach - understanding with positive action, and a practical guide to living the life of a compassionate leader.
The Omni-Working framework provides a brilliant checklist for leaders to use when considering and, critically, co-designing the ideal working environment for their particular business and situation that “secures the best for all”
Don’t just read it, use it! Hurrah"
Manley Hopkinson FRSA FRGS, Founder of the Compassionate Leadership Academy, Keynote speaker, business leader and adventurer.
"Amidst the ever-evolving landscape of post pandemic office dynamics, Gwen Stirling-Wilkie has brightly illuminated the path forward. With eloquence and insight, she invites us to reimagine the world of work through the Omni-Working Framework.
Seven elements that transcend the physical boundaries of office spaces, where both employees and companies can thrive synergistically, re-evaluating and enhancing our approach to work regardless of location.
In a world where flexibility and adaptability are paramount, and delivering sustainable profits are increasingly important, Gwen equips us with the knowledge and strategies needed to thrive, making this book a must-read for anyone fostering excellence in today’s workplace."
Amanda Paxon, UK Country Manager Prescriptions Medicine, Consilient Health
'Making A Successful Transition'
"The future of work discussion is shifting from how much time we spend in office to how we make flexible work, work. Omni-Working: Work Effectively In All Ways, From All Places provides important guidance for leaders on how to succeed in making that transition."
Rob Sadow, Co-Founder & CEO, Scoop.
'Changing The Face of Work Forever and For Better'
"At a time when many leaders are grappling with what the working week looks like with regards to how and where people work, Omni-Working offers a broader and much more meaningful perspective on how we can use this opportunity to really meet the human needs from how humanity works and change the face of work forever and for better. Full of stories and practical advice on how to create a meaningful workplace post-pandemic - a must read for leaders who are being challenged in this space."
Steve Hurst, President of Learning & Development, D&I and Engagement at Wood Plc
'Reframing The Tired Debate'
"Gwen Stirling-Wilkie's book is a must-read for any leader aiming to modernize their organization's approach to work. In a post-pandemic landscape, the book reframes the tired debate about 'where' to work, compelling us to think strategically about 'how' we work. Its key innovation is the Omni-Working Framework, which synthesizes seven pivotal elements to construct a comprehensive, flexible work environment that addresses the individual needs of employees, teams, and the business at large.
Drawing from diverse fields like behavioral science and network analysis, Stirling-Wilkie provides a pragmatic guide for leaders to harness the full potential of omni-working, enhancing employee engagement, fostering collaboration, and ultimately, driving business performance."
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, CEO, Disaster Avoidance Experts, best-selling author of "Returning to the Office and Leading Hybrid and Remote Teams", and acclaimed ‘Office Whisperer’ by The New York Times.
'The Pioneering Guide We Need Right Now'
"Gwen Stirling Wilkie seizes this post pandemic moment with intention and purpose – to help us create a thriving future of work and bring it into being.
In her book Gwen integrates global thought leadership and practical tools to create the pioneering guide we need right now as leaders of teams and organisations. She steps way beyond the current working from home/office paradigm to bring us perspectives and solutions to create a future of work which traverse performance, culture, strategy, technology, relationships, working practices and spaces.
Gwen’s out of the box thinking coupled with her extensive knowledge of organisational development and leadership bring creativity, pragmatism and passion to her book, making it a compelling and stimulating read. It is a must have for leaders right now."
Karen Bycroft, Board Director Hallenstein Glassons, Leadership Consultant & Coach, Australia
'An essential guide for busy leaders'
"This book addresses a critical topic for all organisations in the post-Covid world. Gwen Stirling-Wilkie has created an essential guide for busy leaders to help them maximise performance, productivity and wellbeing. Omni-Working provides a very helpful framework which covers the important issues in a holistic and integrated way to help move beyond where people work to how people work so they can connect with intention and purpose.
Focusing on the current and future needs of organisations and their employees will help create workplaces which attract talented people and ensure they are engaged and retained for future success."
Stephen Pierce, Vice President and Chief HR Officer, Hitachi Europe Ltd