Asynchronous work is the future, its potential barely exploited. First, knowledge workers worked in offices. Then we had remote work, which some companies did better than others. Those that did better noticed the chance to transform knowledge work into asynchronous processes, but we've still barely unlocked the next wave of knowledge work. For the longest time, working meant showing up somewhere and doing something. With asynchronous work, you don't have to show up at a particular time. Time almost becomes irrelevant, and instead everything is measured in terms of what the business wants to accomplish. Time is no longer a proxy for results, which opens the door to using our brains in the most efficient way to accomplish a collective result.

It's hard to imagine what the next wave of work may look like, after knowledge work as we know it today. There are two trends which we've seen play out already. One option is that you work less, less than Henry Ford's 40 hour week, yet still reap more rewards than people in the past. Another is that people at companies work roughly the same, and the company grows tremendously, in ways previously not possible due to inefficiencies in moving the knowledge work along. This means there exists a future economy not yet here, so invest in companies that do asynchronous work well.

Asynchronous work is the future
John Jago
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