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PROGRESS is at the heart of our vision of the future and the significant ongoing workforce and workplace changes. Technological advances are catalyzing, driving, and enabling new business models and work options.

Sophie’s book gives context to where we are and why and what to expect going forward. She explains how faster-paced and less predictable market developments are raising the bar for executives, managers and teams who all need to be more responsive and adaptable.

Since each organization is different and will configure its own specific Future-of-Work environment, Sophie recommends how to review your business model and operating practices. She shares her expertise and insights, supported by research and experience, and describes next steps for executives, managers and team members to take and transition your company successfully.

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Embracing Progress is an Executive MBA Program textbook and required reading for several management school leadership courses. It describes the new business landscape and highlights emerging areas requiring management attention.

Sophie explains why proactively advancing your company’s digital transformation and talent agenda is critical for sustaining strategic competitive advantage. She recommends using a ‘first principles’ approach to: examine your business fundamentals; optimize around the customer journey; and reconfigure operations where necessary.

Sophie identifies essential talent aspects to emphasize—such as your corporate culture and employee engagement—while digitizing operations to benefit your business and workforce.


As CEO of Upwork, I read widely in order to better anticipate and understand the trends in work. If you want to immerse yourself in visionary reading about the future of work, education, and cities—and perhaps even become your own futurist—check out my picks that look to the road ahead. On the future of work and business: (1) Embracing Progress: Next Steps for the Future of Work…

Sophie Wade brings to readers fresh ideas and terrific strategies aimed at helping them to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s dynamic work environment, with experience from her own career that has been lattice and diverse.

I found it inspirational and particularly useful for people in my position – senior / late in career BUT without regular informal access to the current arriving generations; how they think, what they do and don’t want. How to deal with them in a way that gets the best out of everyone and retains that level of input. That’s quite an achievement. Some very interesting writing and memory enhancing techniques which would be useful in other books like this.



Read Sophie’s numerous contributions to Fortune, the Huffington Post, SAP’s Digitalist Magazine, and Medium as well as many other featured articles. She stays current on Future-of-Work issues and shares new research, important updates, and raises questions of interest for companies wanting to maintain their competitive advantage in an evolving and unpredictable business climate.

Sophie writes regularly and covers a broad range of topics including: digital transformation; work-related structural economic issues; the employee experience; Millennial and Gen Z needs; workplace flexibility; effective remote working; managing remote working, decentralized teams; cross-generational communication; and how to engage and retain employees of all ages.

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Explore Sophie’s interviews with innovative leaders who are putting new ideas into practice and experiencing the benefits. She highlights sustainable ways of working, compelling employee experiences, and productive modes of interacting, all of which are game-changers for engaging and retaining employees and improving results.

Sophie reviews existing habits and questions practices based on new possibilities and supporting data. Sophie reviews and shares new studies to validate why progress is important and in which direction we can advance to enjoy significant benefits by adapting.

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Sophie addresses current business conditions and explores ways to navigate the disruption. She shares informative insights and interviewing leading innovators who are providing or benefiting from transformative solutions that will allow companies to emerge with sustainable models, mindsets, and business practices. Find out how to transition to more effective, productive, and supportive new ways of working—across locations, generations, and platforms—as we harness these challenging circumstances to drive significant, multidimensional changes in all our working lives.

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Sophie Wade is a speaker and author of Executive MBA textbook Embracing Progress. Next Steps for the Future of Work. She is Founder and Workforce Innovation Specialist at Flexcel Network. Sophie has a BA from Oxford University and an MBA from international business school INSEAD.

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