With the appearance of advanced sensors in our environment, we are now able to better assess whether open space office layouts truly encourage collaboration and communication. The results might not surprise you: employees have created alternative boundaries between them and others. Future office space will probably be adjustable to changing needs.
Over the next decade we will all be partners in creating and using new worlds, combining reality with what isn’t. It may not be very different from the stories told around a campfire, on walls, in books and in pictures and movies, but the way the boundaries will be blurred is not like anything we have ever known.
Welcome to the era of the curious leader, an era in which success is less related to the knowledge of the answers than to the ability to wonder out loud and the permission to ask questions. Curiosity encourages leaders to seek new ideas and approach problems in new ways to keep pace with change and lead organizations transforming into the new worlds. And when you ask the CEOs what are the most important traits for people in today’s organization, most of those cited are related to curiosity.
You can already see signs that organizational structures are shifting, the old moving on and something new asking to emerge. Around the world we see more and more examples for new ways of work coming together to address the limitations of the hierarchical organizational structures most of us work in.
Most organizations expect people to show up at work in a very particular way. We wear a mask, the one the organization expects of us, so much that we sometimes forget it is there. We are used to living within that identity, the professional one, looking right, appropriate, whatever is expected of our profession, for our promotion, from our organization. In other words, we don’t bring all of who we are to work, we leave parts of ourselves outside.
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