Rapid advances in technology have significantly altered the social, economic and environmental fabric of the world in which we live. To move forward we must transform the very nature of our organizations and our relationship to work.
The changes required for businesses to adapt to the the challenges they will face in the next few years are being approached from many angles. For some it’s “Digital Transformation”, for others it's “Teal organisations” or “Holacracy”, for even more it's simply a need to create a workplace that can attract and retain talent. There is one overall agreement - the way in which we design and run our organizations will have to change.
There are many theories and ideas about what, why and how we need to update the organizational rule-book. None of them are a silver bullet and all need investment of time and resource. What’s more, this process amounts to a significant shift in company culture, which, when imposed from above, can encounter active resistance. Despite all the challenges, every survey and report on the future of work reveals that the majority of people want their work to be engaging and meaningful.
It is very possible to build companies that are both extremely effective as businesses, and provide a meaningful source of work for their employees. In fact, organizations that are able to engage their staff are proven to be much more competitive than those that don’t. We believe that the process of building an organization that matters to those who work within it must start by engaging with these individuals, and creating a sense of the possibility of change.