Freed from the cage: Future of Firms is without Real Estate

This morning, Chantal Hébert, Canada’s political journalist and Radio Canada’s, René Homier-Roy lamented on how Members of Parliament looked a lot smarter prior to their elections. Political parties have all embarked on an unwavering central control of the message by the chosen few, leaving the elected foot soliders gutted of their own intelligence and initiative. With that, Homier-Roy concluded with “those birds are much better looking when freed from the cage” (sic).

Well last March, I was released from that “cage”. I was laid off. My former employer, Big Corporation, was struggling with “head counts” and “high salaries” and for many of us, it was our turn to take the hit. Surprisingly, I felt the paradoxal feelings of anxiousness and creativity at the prospect of redesigning my career and my new firm. I am part of this growing movement of uncategorized professionals, lawyers, executives, engineers, doctors, nurses, who sense they are better looking when freed from the firm. And may the newly minted professionals may never see the cage because of the recession.

The reality is we are going to have to sell our expertise differently. Life is better when we work from where we play. Or work from where we live.

This blog is really about two (2) things: First, Human Connections. Better connections, better perspectives. You can’t get that from a desk. You certainly can’t rely on social media alone. Second, Independence. I will become self reliant and the architect of my connected, wired firm. A firm without real estate. A firm where I can see the mountains in the winter and the sea in the summer.

So, join me as I discover what I need to reach both goals of creating connected independence with the Firm of the Future. I will share what I learn on how to wire freedom, how to wire the firm. I hope you will join me to help create a movement of professionals who know they work better from where they play. Please feel free to contribute because like you, I am not an expert. But I plan on being free and connected real soon.





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Suzanne is a "connected lawyer" and a cloud office fanatic. Suzanne helps other professionals like her, work out of the best espresso bars in the world. Suzanne runs, & runs her business anywhere.

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