Kursty will be speaking at the Human Capital Expo in Chile on November 11 about how the physical environment can be used to support and shape cultural environments.
We heard from the publisher last week that the stocks in the UK were down to the last 380 copies, while the USA waits on a new batch to be delivered. Not bad going 3 months on from the book launch, considering we were told to expect it to take at least a couple of years…
If you are in the USA and waiting for a book be reassured they are on their way, and if you’re in the UK, better move quick…!
Wow. We were thrilled to have the book reviewed by Polly LaBarre (former editor of Fast Company and co-author of ‘Mavericks at Work’ amongst other impressive roles!)
What could be better than this? Â How about what she had to say on the new ‘hacking management’ site ‘Mix‘, as follows…
“Rather than a Robin Leach-like celebration of slick palaces for the people, the book drives home a crucial lesson: organizations that aspire to create a singular identity in the marketplace have to design a signature approach to the workplace. Itâs not about piling on the perks, itâs about communicating a unique set of values and embodying them in every nut and bolt. The real perk? That level of fidelity between who you say you are and how you actually behave exerts a magnetic appeal for customers and employees alike. The question the book raises is a great one for any leader: are you building the kind of organization where people walk in and ask, âWhy canât my company work this way?â ”
Read the full piece here.
To mark the launch of IWIWT in the USA, Kursty is delighted to be speaking at WORKTECH10 in New York.
WORKTECH10 New York, 19th May, Time and Life Building, is a one-day conference examining themes of Smarter Cities, Smarter Buildings and Global Workplace Case Studies. The event will bring together the worlds of real estate, design, architecture and technology to look at the future of the city, real estate, the workplace, work and innovation.
Event speakers include Bill Moggridge, the acclaimed author of âDesigning Interactionsâ, who is opening the conference. Many of you will know him as the founder of IDEO and the new Director of Cooper Hewitt. Other leading global speakers will examine trends that will change the nature of how and where work takes place.
Kursty was honoured to be invited to join Jeremy Myerson (FRSA) and speak at an event organised by the RSA United States and held at Humanscale’s splendid offices overlooking Madison Square Park, Manhattan.
With a number of dignitaries from the Design world in attendance it was a special occasion, and a privilege to be able to share some of the stories from the book with such an audience.
All the work that has gone into the book feels worth it when you read a review like the following from Pamela Meyer, Author of ‘From Workplace to Playspace: Innovating, Learning and Changing Through Dynamic Engagement‘.
Here’s an excerpt: “She has done the footwork and put on the miles so the rest of us don’t have to. We can simply flip through the pages of this rich book to see what the best of the best are doing to attract, retain and inspire their employees. By the end, you will have hundreds of ideas to transform your own workplace, regardless of your resources, into one that stretches your imagination and makes others “wish they worked there!”
Read the full review here, and while you’re there maybe order a book ( and one for your boss.. )
Thanks to Jonathan and his recent post which attracted a healthy discussion.
“Your physical environment can make a huge different in not only how you perceive your job, your mission and your company, but the way you do your work, the solutions you create and the people you bring into your process. Which is why I loved the new book, I wish I worked There, by Kursty Groves…”
Jonathan is “âŚa giddy dad, husband, New Yorker, multi-time health & fitness industry entrepreneur, recovering S.E.C./mega-firm hedge-fund lawyer, slightly-warped, unusually-stretchy, spiritually-inclined, obsessed with creation, small-biz and online marketing-catalyst, speaker, direct-response copywriter, entrepreneur-coach, yoga-teacher, columnist, author, once-a-decade hook-rug savant, pro-blogger and career renegadeâ˘âŚgone wild.”
We were thrilled to see Charlotte Philby’s piece in The Independent on April 24th.Â Entitled ‘Hot Desks: The coolest office spaces in the world‘, Charlotte highlights some of the more unusual features of some of the businesses featured in the book (such as Innocent Drinks’ AstroTurf grass flooring, Google’s fireman’s poles and Nike’s Olympic-sized swimming pool), but also appreciates the deeper value of great creative environments, in her comment: “As well as showcasing some envy-inducing workplaces, the book explores the relationship between the working environment and corporate productivity.” And we especially love her parting suggestion: “So now you know exactly what to buy your boss for Christmas.”
Read the full article here.
While The Guardian’s review of I Wish I Worked There! in G2 today misses the point, we’re nonetheless thrilled for the book to be featured in such a high-profile publication and by such an esteemed journalist as Jonathan Glancey.
Some of the places featured are actually factories, and the message is not just about the design of the physical space but importantly how people behave and are supported in the workplace to do their best.Â But don’t take our word for it – read the book! (Or if you only have time to “leaf through”, do take our word for it – it’s not all beanbags and lava lamps”).