The Rise of Business Shape-Shifters

In other words, we are racing in a direction that not only risks destroying the very enterprises we are trying to preserve, but also ultimately against the very human need to belong to something enduring, that has a purpose and is larger than ourselves. But how do you create an infinitely adaptive, shape-shifting organization that also in permanent and enduring?

I think I have the answer … and if not, then at least I've asked the right questions. And, perhaps just as important, in writing The Future Arrived Yesterday, I've written a book that has given me, and I hope you as well, something to be optimistic about the years ahead even as we struggle through our economic troubles today. For those of you who do decide to read the book, thank you in advance for being a loyal reader for all of these years. And be sure to let me know if I'm crazy …

TAD'S TAB: Remember the last time you were in the hospital? It was probably as awful as most hospitable visits. But what about those on the other side of the bedpan, those in charge of the patients? "Head Nurse" is a hilarious blog run by a head nurse from a nameless hospital, covering topics ranging from disorderly patients to miracles of health witnessed. The blog is fascinating for those curious about the hidden lives of the service workers we encounter every day.

This is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Michael S. Malone is one of the nation's best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News as the nation's first daily high-tech reporter. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world's largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is the author or co-author of a dozen books, notably the best-selling "Virtual Corporation." Malone has also hosted three public television interview series, and most recently co-produced the celebrated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He has been the "Silicon Insider" columnist since 2000.

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