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How will HR incorporate non-employed independents successfully in the 21st century? How will freelancers find opportunities with their special skills? How have others thrived in the Gig Economy? Get direct answers to HR, freelancing or Gig issues? Learn from experts? You will find it here from the Gig Doctor. Like many, I've had successful work experience as a corporate executive for several major newspaper media groups. I've also been an entrepreneur, independent or freelancer for nearly half of my working career. I've worked with major company HR executives providing tech training and soft skills. With successes and failures, I have the scars and war stories which may benefit others. I am a writer/consultant specializing in how blending the workforce with freelancers can pay dividends for both freelancers and employers. Start by reading my book "BOOMERVILLE, Getting off the Corporate Merry-Go-Round", a primer for those in or entering the gig work/life that can be purchased on Amazon.com 

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After accumulating work and business knowledge from my tour of duty in the US Navy and four successful business careers -- corporate media business, data communications technology sales/marketing, data center design/build, and entrepreneurship -- I did extensive research about the connection between advances in digital technology, business disruption and the potential of permanent job losses. My concern was sparked by how reduced job opportunities might impact my grandchildren's future. What I found was a seminal moment that refocused my world. I felt compelled to expose my concerns for the future of work and the impact of leaving permanent employment by millions of "baby boomers."  I honed my skills in writing about the emerging Gig Economy which resulted in my book -- "BOOMERVILLE: Getting Off the Corporate Merry-Go-Round"

You can purchase a copy or download a Kindle copy from Amazon.com. I penned my book with the pen name Michael Hib to remove any possible confusion with author Mickey Spillane's fictional detective character Mike Hammer.  

Who is Mike Hammer a.k.a. Hib? I am a results-oriented professional with a strong record of accomplishment. I had a rapid rise as a corporate executive following my military service. I rose through the business ranks of major newspapers with P&L of $50M in production, distribution, research, sales, and HR in major media markets. I learned extensive attributes in leading best practices in marketing and business development, sales/project management, technology implementations, and technology learning skills development in customer-facing environments. I developed the ability to drive and influence strategic direction creating a continuous learning environment, improving leadership and workforce organizational performance and processes. I am a respected team member known for establishing positive partnerships with key leaders, stakeholders, and clients at all levels. I am an experienced communicator and able to adapt to a variety of diverse cultures, decision makers, stakeholders, and individuals. I am known to be an astute client problem solver while enriching the customer relationship to become a trusted advisor.

While a newspaper executive in Memphis, TN, I was an associate executive advisor traveling with then Tennessee Governor, now U.S. Senator, Lamar Alexander. For several years as a member of his global economic development team, we were extremely successful in recruiting manufacturing jobs to Tennessee. Learning the value proposition of economic development, I applied those experiences successfully for the Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Denver Chamber of Commerce, and most recently for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. 

I became a leading authority on the future and use of a blended workforce to include temp workers, freelancers, and independents within the expanding Gig Economy. I provided dynamic presentations and experienced trend analysis to help prepare business leaders for what's next. My unique approach is to scan the near-term horizon for what's happening right now and what's ahead. I often curate the most relevant insights and trends shaping the future workforce. The results are aimed at helping clients to not only understand but also influence the future direction of their enterprises.

What gives me this unique insight is the success as a corporate media executive, technology use training expert, design/build of large data centers and networking design of command and control centers, global economic development activities, and the ability to connect the dots of emerging markets and efficient workforce deployment requirements to meet market demands. Use the contact form tab to let me know how I can help your organization or any inquiries.