133: Sophie Wade: I realized it was a flexibility issue

//133: Sophie Wade: I realized it was a flexibility issue

133: Sophie Wade: I realized it was a flexibility issue

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Sophie Wade’s daughter complained that she never saw her. That’s when she decided to do research on how others managed being able to work less. She discovered that she could spend a year or more trying to persuade someone to give her the job she wanted, or she could just create it herself. That’s when made it her work instead of how she worked.

Sophie was born and raised in London, England. Her older sister Tanya lives in Scotland with her husband Andrew and 2 dogs, and her parents, divorced later on (after she left college), but both live in Oxford, England.

After majoring in Chinese at university, she went to live in Hong Kong. Far away in Hong Kong, Sophie did not have her parents guiding her career in a more traditional way since phone calls were expensive at that time. So, she made her own logical decisions about her job progression and career overall, also actively responding to encouragement from her parents to travel, explore and learn.

As a result, after a few years in Hong Kong, Sophie went to INSEAD business school in France, back to Hong Kong, then moved to Germany and most recently came to the U.S. which has now been her home for over 15 years.

During her career, Sophie has applied her finance and strategy skills along the spectrum of media, communications and technology rather than having a traditional linear career in just one discipline and sector.

By chance, she has played out an early example of the new more diversified and skills-rather than discipline-based careers we are used to. She also transitioned to her new career, focused on new ways of working – the so-called “Future of Work”—when her younger child turned 3 and started complaining that she never saw her.

Sophie started by exploring a new 3-day a week work arrangement so she could spend more time with her kids, and was catalyzed to research workplace flexibility realizing how many other people must want the same arrangement she did.

In 2011, she started her own company that would connect people with companies for flex jobs and project work, as well as writing about and advocating for new ways of working. Sophie later evolved her company to focus on the whole of the Future of Work field, of which flex working is just one part, as she saw how significant and challenging all the changes were, both ongoing and ahead.

Her work and her new book, Embracing Progress: Next Steps for the Future of Work, are part of the legacy that she continues to develop in that regard.

Sophie currently live in Manhattan, NY. She is divorced with two kids Liam and GiGi, two dogs and two chinchillas.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“Culture is the key to everything; it’s the core.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet

“Boomers and X’rs haven’t really focused on culture.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“Managers need to be coaches rather than directing people.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“We need to know who we are first and how we work.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“When understanding increases you have a very different relationship between employers and employees.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“Increasing employee engagement means people will be more creative.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“As a lifestyle, many people are choosing to work independently.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“The future looks so different, it is hard to use the past to project into the future.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“The traditional ways of doing things have not been doing so great.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“Change is the constant now.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“Be grounded, it’s going to be changing a lot going forward.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“Retirement is actually an unhealthy idea.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“We haven’t done a good job of treating people as human beings at work.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“Younger people are ambitious, they want to succeed.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“An open mindset and being able to accept change is critical as we’re going forward.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

“It doesn’t matter about being right, it matters about trying to achieve your objective.” -Sophie Wade Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Sophie Wade’s daughter complained that she never saw her. That’s when she decided to do research on how others managed being able to work less. She discovered that she could spend a year or more trying to persuade someone to give her the job she wanted, or she could just create it herself. That’s when made it her work instead of how she worked.

Advice for others

Being right doesn’t matter. It’s about trying to reach your objective.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

Listen more and sometimes stop talking.

Best Leadership Advice

Recognize and bring out the strengths in others.

Secret to Success

My energy and passion for what I’m doing.

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

Having an open mindset and being open to change.

Recommended Reading

Embracing Progress: Next Steps For The Future Of Work

Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges

Contacting Sophie Wade

website: https://www.sophiewade.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophie-wade-380b8/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ASophieWade

Resources and Show Mentions

Increase Employee Engagement and Workplace Culture

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