I get this feeling that we are on the verge of a big change in business and life in the US. The signs have been strong for a while, but we brash and in charge Americans have gotten away with ignoring them. But things are coming to a head.
People’s impatience (ours too) with American arrogance and cowboyism
There’s a microcosm of this going on in our companies. The younger generations don’t want to be managers and we’ve failed to change our management systems and practices to match what’s going on in the world of technology and how people relate.
I realize that this thought is not a new, but I get the sense that something big is about to happen….
Are you a leader or manager? It is time to dismantle the organization and align it back up with today’s demands. It is time to manage in a whole new way. Actually – The word management does not fit any longer. Even the term "lead" has backward thinking embedded into it. Think about it – these notions are rooted in an industrial age that no longer exists. They are born from a command and control mindset. Even the term empowerment is backward and comes from an assumption of power. You can only give power when you are in charge. You can only lead if you have followers. Even though we might not want to admit it – some of our more progressive notions are not progressive at all. It’s the same dribble dressed up in an pink dress. Our basic assumptions for how to make this new work work are likely wrong.
You can’t get to a new reality with old thinking.
Don’t go to another traditional management training class – refuse! It will not likely help you.
Don’t waste your company’s money attending the usual leadership conference. You will not learn what you need to know!
99% of the information out there is of no use to you. And there is way too much of it. We are bombarded with useless information.
What’s the mindset and practice that with serve us today and in the future? I will write more about this in my next post. In the mean time, think about the statements I have made here. I know they might be unpopular. What do you think? Heck, I might need to rethink the title for my blog!