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It used to be easier to provide employees with a challenging career. When we hired people right after they completed their education we introduced them into entry level positions and then showed them the corporate ladder, which they could climb, year by year until retirement. We had time, we had …

It is about abandoning the question of who has the power to do something, and instead just ask what is the right thing to do? And it’s very difficult. Because the currency we trade here is not money, it’s trust. And trusting is very hard. Which is exactly why it …

There is a wonderful parallel between the capabilities required in the world of music and those emerging in the world of work. At a leadership conference I watched a Jazz band describe what is required of them to perform. It is, first and foremost, a team activity, one that requires …

For a while now these posts have been following the transition of work structures from 20th century hierarchical org structures to the more flexible, collaborative, networked work structures emerging in various organizations. To be clear, the end of hierarchy does not mean a flat world of work, nor does it …

Leaders create futures. If you’re a leader, you are used to painting the picture of the future for the organization, and you know that organization will shift and change to get there. But once in a while something in this pattern breaks down and the “how” the organization moves towards …

Most of the time we think in terms of big systems: organizations, managers, workers, processes. But once in a while a conversation comes along and brings it down to the very personal level, the you and me. That’s when you get that the system is you. One of my managers …

The debate we saw this week stresses the importance of understanding that the world of work, the one where we were told what to do and in turn could depend we’ll be taken care of, that world is over. So if you’re looking for a job similar in terms and …

The hierarchical org structure, the one most of us work in, is a result of world of work where workers were labor and managers told them what to do. Now is a perfect time for a new paradigm for management, a new way to organize and lead organizations. How should …

If work is what you do and no longer where you go, is there still a reason for the office to exist? It is no longer unusual to see someone sitting in the corner at your favorite coffee shop, with a laptop, alone or in a small group and you …

The need to understand how the new workplace should shape public policy and legislation is now even more urgent as courts are dealing with the new ecosystem based on old labor laws. It is probably time we team up to ask the right questions and help shape the world of …