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Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment by David Creelman, Ravin Jesuthasan, John W. Boudreau

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Chapter 2Free Agent World

Having regular full-time employees is not the only way to run an economy. Rather, it's a method that evolved to meet the needs of a particular historical period. That historical period may be reaching its end as we evolve into a new way of getting work done.

In this chapter we describe this evolution, and in particular the emerging work arrangements that do not involve regular full-time employment. As others have done, we'll use the term free agent to mean someone who works for themselves. It means the same thing as freelancer or contractor, but we like the term free agent because it emphasizes their sense of self-determination. An individual consultant who works for himself or herself is a free agent, but one who ...

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