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Stack of Books

Cherries
oil on canvas
22 x 20 in
1981

Penny Machines
oil on canvas
23¾ x 29¾ in
1961

Stack of Books
oil on canvas
30 x 24 in
n.d.

Seven Suckers
oil on canvas
19 x 23 in
1970

Twin Jackpots
oil on canvas
30 x 46 in
1962

Ties
oil on canvas
20 x 26 in
1980

Cake Slices
oil on canvas
20 x 16 in
n.d.

The web brain drain

The internet and other new technologies will affect another area – recruitment. Young, bright talent will always seek out new, flexible, un-bureaucratic, responsive companies. Staying with one company for 40 years or so – as my father did and my parents advised me to do – no longer seems the best career choice. Clearly, the era of apprenticeship inside large corporations is finished. It was weakened by the corporate downsizing of the 1980s and 1990s, the final nail in the coffin coming with the internet boom of the late 1990s. However, some recent polling and attitudinal analysis in the UK shows younger people want a better work-life balance. Hedge funds, for instance, have until recently proved more attractive than investment banks, offering fixed work times and not demanding all-night toil, while making massive trades.

After the bankruptcies and failures of Web 1.0, many young people returned to the more traditional businesses they had left. WPP lost a number of such bright talents and later welcomed some back to the fold. I conducted re-entry interviews, and hoped to hear that the returnees were relieved to have their jobs back. Far from it: few grovelled. Worse, they admitted that given the opportunity again, they would take it or seize a similar one. And recently, in the last year or two, with the emergence of the second internet boom, it is clear there is another wave of bright, young people attracted to new technologies and opportunities within those companies.

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