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NEX T GENERATION
The Shift: A Force of Change in the
New World of Work
BY SETH MATTISON
t FutureSight Labs we spend a lot of time thinking about
the future of work and relationships. The people stuff
that keeps leaders awake at night. One of the ways we
keep a close pulse on these fronts is by talking to those
in the trenches.
Each year we conduct 250+ one on
one interviews with leaders from various verticals and industries to get their
take on the biggest shifts impacting the
world of work.
For the past few years, technology
has dominated the conversation.
Whether it's big data, the cloud, the
Internet of things, robots, automation,
video, collaboration platforms, supply
chain analytics, etc., each interview
tends to lead us down the path of how
technology is driving transformational
change in organizations.
What's interesting though is that
despite the fact that every day we're
exposed to more information talking about our networked world of
work, what's often not talked about
in the media and rarely brought up in
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interviews is the fact that the structures
and more importantly the culture of
the hierarchy still exist in our organizations today. And the truth is, these
two worlds, "the hierarchy" and what
I'll call "the network", are at a battle
with each other and most of us are
completely unaware of it.
We're living in a half changed world.
The modern workplace, as progressive as it thinks it is, still holds tight to
a laundry list of unwritten rules of the
hierarchy; rules around communication and etiquette, policies and procedures, and of course paying your dues.
Think about some of the unwritten
rules you learned early on in your own
Whether it was rules around respecting the chain of command or never
questioning authority, knowing where
to park and which elevators were
reserved for the "higher-ups", a whole
generation of leaders came of age in
their careers learning to navigate the
most important rules of the hierarchy.
One of the most well-known and universally understood unwritten rules:
Don't go above your boss's head!
However, as the workforce of the
future continues to flood organizations
ranks, it's becoming clear they do not
see the world through the same lens.
In fact, they're unaware of most of the
unwritten rules that are so innately
understood by more experienced generations. In some cases they're unaware
of the hierarchy all together!
It's almost as if they've grown up
in a different world and the truth is,
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