Happy New Year. Thinking ahead to what's hot for business in 2016? This Fast Company list has some gems that I agree will define our 2016 work lives.
A few of my favorites:
More Female Founders - "[There is] a growing recognition that it’s not just one or two or three female entrepreneurs who can be successful, as in the old days of one-seat-at-the-table-for-a-woman in corporate America. Instead, there is room for the pie to grow and for us lift each other up."
A Growing Demand for Gigs - "Professionals are increasingly choosing freelance jobs in order to gain more control over their lives, have flexibility, and be their own boss. The rise of this trend is attributed to many factors, including increased access to technology, the impact of the recession, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that has imposed new costs on employers. The ‘gig economy’ has allowed employers to hire on-demand, lower cost talent and has given rise to entrepreneurial entities such as Uber."
More Diversification - Terrorism, the presidential election, and the federal government’s interest rate hike are combining to make 2016 a year of uncertainty. CEOs are going to be looking for additional streams of revenue. They will be opening new divisions and offering new services—something to bring in additional money outside of their primary area of business, so if there is a temporary dip in the economy or their industry sector, the additional money will help provide a cushion."
For the full list, click here to read "10 CEOs Make Predictions" at Fast Company.
Sara Conte is a frequent contributor to online discussions about strategy, branding and entrepreneurship.