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The Language of Work

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The celebrity narrative of Innovation, AI and Disruption does not change the definition of work. But it should spark an evaluation of how we define value in the future, why we do it that way, and how we pursue it.

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The Language of Work

  1. 1. The Language of Work Means and Motives of Progress
  2. 2. LABOR Practical Circumstantial Adaptation Potential Alignment Recovery Things go through intentional change over time, because the experience of the present generates reasons to examine whether we can influence things differently to obtain different outcomes in the future. Achieved “difference” ranges across a wide spectrum of Tolerance to Ambition, and of Less to More. The common vocabulary for this intentional activity includes creation, work, business and industry as we move intellectually from the local and specific to the global and general. Progressive Conceptual Exploration Modeling Design Experiments experience intention ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research
  3. 3. INDUSTRY BUSINESS WORK CREATION ORGANIZATIONLABOR PURPOSE CONTINUITY ECONOMY PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT The easiest way to understand the relationships and meanings of creation, work, business and industry is to understand the difference between what is there when any one of them is present, versus what is not there when any one of them is absent. This differential definition yields a hierarchy of activity showing higher levels intentionally exploiting or building on lower levels. ObjectiveActivity ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research
  4. 4. PURPOSE REQUIREMENT PRODUCTION METHOD (Mechanics) DEVELOPMENT ACCEPTANCE (Criteria) WORK CREATION LABOR Creative activity generates something that wasn’t there before. Whatever that result is, it continues to exist only because it meets some criteria of acceptance. It may or may not ever be done again, which in no way diminishes what creation is. The transformation of Creation to Work is essentially about deciding to do creation on a recurring basis, usually for a targeted repeating result. ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research
  5. 5. PURPOSE REQUIREMENT CONTINUITY SCALE (Power) ECONOMY MANAGEMENT (Rules) INDUSTRY BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONLABOR The transformation of Work to Business occurs due to a decision to generate economic compensation, which is regulated at least for subsidizing the consumption of resources by production. Business becomes Industry when the distribution of work for the type of business is intentionally arranged for continuous operation at large scale. ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research
  6. 6. VALUE NEED SUPPLY CONFIDENCE TRADE INCENTIVE RELIABILITY FULFILLMENT DISCOVERY SOLUTION INDUSTRY BUSINESS WORK CREATION ORGANIZATIONLABOR Result Motive Achievement is recognizable, qualitatively and quantitatively, when current experience motivates intent to generate an appropriately significant difference evident in the hierarchy of results. PURPOSE CONTINUITY ECONOMY PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT ObjectiveActivity ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research
  7. 7. INDUSTRY BUSINESS WORK CREATION ORGANIZATIONLABOR REQUIREMENT SCALE (Power) MANAGEMENT (Rules) METHOD (Mechanics) ACCEPTANCE (Criteria) Current intent, subject to change Activity ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research The easiest way to understand the current versus future iterations of those activities is to recognize what key factor of each type of activity in the hierarchy is most subject to being changed by environment, culture or automation. Not only can each activity type change independently, but of course the relationship of different types to each other consequently becomes a variable factor as well.
  8. 8. Environment States Inhabitants Resources Culture Priorities Knowledge Assumptions Automation Processes Technology Intelligence A wide range of factors are independently variable attributes of the current conditions surrounding activities. Typically we think of their occurrence in terms of whether they are relatively passive or active in their affect on change. They occur as potential inhibitors, prerequisites, catalysts, or causes affecting the intentionality of change. Numerous forces or events can change these factors and, therefore, their influence. REQUIREMENT SCALE (Power) MANAGEMENT (Rules) METHOD (Mechanics) ACCEPTANCE (Criteria) Current intent, subject to change The primary issue at hand is whether we are able to intentionally engineer benefit in a progressive and sustainable way for all those who work, not for some at the expense of others. ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research
  9. 9. PURPOSE VALUE NEED REQUIREMENT CONTINUITY SUPPLY CONFIDENCE SCALE (Power) ECONOMY TRADE INCENTIVE MANAGEMENT (Rules) PRODUCTION RELIABILITY FULFILLMENT METHOD (Mechanics) DEVELOPMENT DISCOVERY SOLUTION ACCEPTANCE (Criteria) INDUSTRY BUSINESS WORK CREATION ORGANIZATIONLABOR Objective Current intent, subject to change Result MotiveActivity ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research
  10. 10. Archestra notebooks compile and organize decades of in-the-field and ongoing empirical findings. All presented findings are derived exclusively from original research. Archestra notebooks carry no prescriptive warranty. As ongoing research, all notebooks are subject to change at any time. ©2018 Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research www.archestra.com mryder@archestra.com Archestra research is done from the perspective of strategy and architecture. With all subject matter and topics, the purpose of the notes is analytic, primarily to: * explore, expose and model why things are included, excluded, or can happen in given ways and/or to certain effects. * comment on, and navigate between, motives and potentials that predetermine Decisions about, and shapings of, the observed activity.

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