Everything is fragmenting…

"Managers are the dinosaurs of our modern organizational ecology. The Age of Management is finally coming to a close. Th...

December 6, 2004

“Managers are the dinosaurs of our modern organizational ecology. The Age of Management is finally coming to a close. The need for overseers, surrogate parents, scolds, monitors, functionaries, disciplinarians, bureaucrats, and lone implementers is over, while the need for visionaries, leaders, coordinators, coaches, mentors, facilitators, and conflict resolvers is steadily increasing, pressing itself upon us. … Nearly unnoticed, a far-reaching organizational transformation has already begun, based on the idea that management as a system fails to open the heart or free the spirit. This revolution is attempting to turn inflexible, autocratic, static, coercive bureaucracies into agile, evolving, democratic, collaborative, self-managing webs of association.”— The End of Management, Kenneth Cloke & Joan Goldsmith

We’ve heard all this before of course. Flat corporations; empowered employees.

So what’s really new here? The re-distribution of power.

Distributed responsibility

Distributed technology

Distributed democracy

Distributed information.

Everywhere you look, knowledge and power are flowing away from the centre. The centre merely facilitates. It may wield influence, but not control.

In a glocalised economy; self-management becomes much more important than the management of others.

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