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Like staccato bursts of data from the interstellar spacecraft Voyager, the workplaces of the future are sending new messages to the people that will be soon be joining them (and in many cases, already are). The new messages are replacing the outdated memos crafted for the dawn of the industrial age, when information traveled at the speed of Morse code.
As companies flatten hierarchy and expand the taxonomy of futurework, it seems clear that organizational effectiveness will ultimately depend on the choices of individuals.
There is no shortage of drivers competing to advance organizational freedom and engagement: technological, sociological, generational, philosophical and myriad others. The economics of innovation and leadership will likely vie for pole position as a key driver in the race.
By Rick Lewis. Published by Break A Rule Publishing, 2010.
Google “misbehaver” and you won’t have to scroll far to find Rick Lewis, author of 7 Rules You Were Born to Break: How Intelligent Misbehavior Can Help You and Your Organization Thrive.
Last week, I delivered some training to a group of Morning Star colleagues at the California Sun harvesting facility in College City, California (an oddly named town, since there is currently no college in or near College City). There are about twenty-two self-managed colleagues working there, performing the vital work of repairing and maintaining tomato harvesting equipment and training equipment drivers.