Denied: outdated models of authority and control in the Social Age

I’ve spent the weekend in New York, walking through the city, feeling the history but also the change. Even since i was last here a year ago, so much has changed, evolved. Somehow it works, it’s constantly dynamic, a city that never stops.

Denied

Don’t deny: empower. The Social Age is about agility

As structures of power and authority are subverted by Social Age concepts of reputation and agility, organisations and individuals need to adapt behaviours to match. So much organisational process is about restricting activity and controlling behaviour, when what we actually is empowerment, freedom to interact, to take decisions, to foster creativity and energy.

Only agile organisations will survive and thrive: those that are willing to engage with their community, to recognise the new social contract and nature of work in the Social Age.

Command and control are outdated: we live and learn in a host of new ways, driven by a desire to collaborate, to share, to succeed and to share that success. We need to build organisations that can change, adapt, ones that don’t consider it a fight to control people, but who celebrate individuality and success.

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A learning and development professional specialising in e-learning and learning technology.
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25 Responses to Denied: outdated models of authority and control in the Social Age

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  2. Nick says:

    This post really holds true in so many ways. As I read it, I’m thinking back to how IT works. L&D seems to be the driving force forward while IT holds back with the old mentality of command and control. Agility and openness is the only way forward, resources need to put into making sure this happens in an intelligent and secure way, which is very possible, and required.

    – Nick @technkl

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