That means nearly
half of businesses
feel unprepared for the tsunami
of BYOD (Bring Your Own
Device), remote working, flexible
hours, and virtual teams that is
redefining workforces around
“More than 75% of digitally maturing
organizations surveyed provide their
employees with resources and opportunities
to develop their digital acumen, compared to
only 14% of early-stage companies.”
- MIT Sloan
But there’s a
Surprisingly, this lack of
preparedness was more
pronounced in smaller
companies than larger ones.
In other words, the larger businesses that employ
most people are making active efforts to introduce
new technology, train workers effectively, and
encourage use of today’s less hierarchical, more
egalitarian communications channels...
from simple teleconferencing to full
In this world, a
worker is as likely
to be chatting
away with the CEO
as with someone who shares
his job description. And if you
want to flatten the social
pyramid, that’s a great way to
In Medieval Europe, every king had a
who’d give his boss the plain hard
truths which other subordinates
would try to sugarcoat.
A recent article
stated that modern
workplaces still have this
same need - referring to the
present day equivalent of the
court jester as a “morosoph”...
“Morosophs are important foils for leaders.
By virtue of their position, they have the
“legitimacy” to act as voices of honest and
intelligent critique, providing a stabilising
force, or a reality check, in organisational life.”
So in today's
everybody be a fool?
After all, there are benefits to employees speaking
out against decisions made by their seniors...
The furore over this
tin-eared TV ad from
springs to mind…
Perhaps if there’d been enough people
within the organisation who felt that
they were able to speak out, the
insulting ad would never have aired.
listen to dissenting voices and
keep the conversation going.
Let your team
know that it’s
fine to speak up.
For our fourth
and final insight
we turn to the University
of Oxford’s Saïd Business
However warm and fuzzy you want
your organisation to be, reaching
the end goal - a flat org chart - is a
deeply political process.
If you want to move power
away from the top,
you need to
wield it from
the top first!
“It has long been recognised that
organisational change is a political process,
but what is still not properly understood is
the relationship between organisational and
- UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Flattening the corporate org chart lets talent shine
at every level
Management today is about communication,
Technology can bring together remote and flexible
Removing hierarchies doesn’t happen by accident -
it requires a proactive approach
In many sectors, large companies are more prepared
for a socialised workplace than smaller ones
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