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The future of everything webcast 031710

  1. 1. Leadership in the 21st Century A prediction of the future organization Russ Ouellette, DM Managing Partner [email_address]
  2. 2. Welcome <ul><li>Why we care about the future </li></ul><ul><li>The FOE project </li></ul><ul><li>Pending research </li></ul>
  3. 3. About predictions <ul><ul><li>We can never predict with certainty, but we can glimpse at what is possible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What we know - Where we have been & where we are right now </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What we don’t know - Trajectory & timing </li></ul></ul></ul>History Current Trends Future Shifts Now Actions
  4. 4. History - where we’ve come from Protestant Ethic Taylorism Rational Systems Natural Systems Open Systems Portfolio System Past Rational Portfolio Present Future Organization Still Rational While we have shifted our leadership & professional outlook, we’re still organized in a traditional way
  5. 5. Current trends <ul><ul><li>Productivity peek (how many emails can we handle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global, distributed economy (world is flatter) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communities shifting to social media (from our towns, to workplace, to the world) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology & social tools (relationship is important again) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worker demand (populations changes & conceptual thinkers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educated professional & continuous learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee/Employer contract is gone </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Future shifts <ul><ul><li>Generational shifts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information freedom and access - Content is digital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire for fulfilling professional lives (balance) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self branding & small biz revolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social tools will grow from the current prototypes </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Change in how we think <ul><li>How will these trends & shifts change the: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leader </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Generational Shifts <ul><li>Youth and Boomers working together </li></ul><ul><li>More invested worker </li></ul><ul><li>Vast culture divides: wants, needs & expectations for their career </li></ul>Worker <ul><li>Re-engaged Boomers as mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt modern workplace cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Attention to needs & expectations of younger people </li></ul>Organization <ul><li>Allow younger workers to lead – now! </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage multiple roles & assignments for professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage multiple careers </li></ul>Leader
  9. 9. Information & knowledge shifts <ul><li>More value in conceptual thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Share & mine cloud content </li></ul><ul><li>Create networks of info & resources to contribute </li></ul>Worker <ul><li>Become leaner & focused on the core </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on finding, sorting & sharing - stop hording </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate beyond the walls of the firm </li></ul>Organization <ul><li>Focus & lead transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Lead by orchestrating information </li></ul><ul><li>Lead beyond the walls of the firm </li></ul>Leader
  10. 10. Balance & fulfillment shifts <ul><li>Work for passion, not title </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous learning, for life </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple careers, lifecycles – no retirement </li></ul><ul><li>CEO’s of themselves </li></ul>Worker <ul><li>Provide choice, access & roles </li></ul><ul><li>Employee only the core, contract everything else </li></ul><ul><li>Link to greater environment, communities & resources </li></ul>Organization <ul><li>Be true mentors & coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure fulfillment through work </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare people to succession </li></ul><ul><li>Motivate through care, not gimmicks </li></ul>Leader
  11. 11. Self branding revolution <ul><li>People are CEO’s of themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Professional branding through social skills & tools </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship, EI & citizenship behaviors are rewarded </li></ul>Worker <ul><li>Hire for character & reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in portfolio systems, not drive it </li></ul><ul><li>Share & grow talent, not try and horde it </li></ul>Organization <ul><li>Treat everyone as a CEO </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a portfolio of trusted partners to engage </li></ul><ul><li>Develop deep & quality resource to support your core </li></ul>Leader
  12. 12. Social tools shift <ul><li>Internal workers will start engaging in social media </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to drive use of cloud social tools </li></ul><ul><li>Personal use will morph into practical business use beyond marketing </li></ul>Worker <ul><li>Leverage social use for productivity gains </li></ul><ul><li>Create internal systems around social tools </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimately, social tools must be share for best use – like email </li></ul>Organization <ul><li>Champion & make social strategies productive </li></ul><ul><li>Engage everyone in the firm’s social purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Practice social strategies themselves </li></ul>Leader
  13. 13. Why not? <ul><ul><li>“ Our business is too competitive & specialized to act in the greater social community” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The last thing I need is to be bothered by other people through-out my day” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I have a lot of work to do, paperwork, reports, when am I going to have time to listen to people” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I don’t have Facebook, and never will, I have no need to collect friends” </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Why? <ul><li>Mature professional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It’s impossible to have any job security today” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The younger generation just doesn’t work like mine did” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I don’t think I want to retire” – or can’t! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Young professional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What is job security”? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’m looking for a job I can contribute to” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What is retirement”? </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Steps for leaders to take now <ul><li>Attract, leverage, lead multi-generational portfolio professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote potential & character, not just experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage multiple roles, leadership, and collaborative practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Begin sharing & leveraging content beyond the walls of your firm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create networks of people & information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share, share, share, leverage, leverage, leverage </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Steps for leaders to take now <ul><li>Create a balanced culture of transformation & opportunity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coach, mentor, inspire & prepare people for their next assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help people seek professional fulfillment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treat everyone as a CEO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hire for professional brand & character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reward high EI & corporate citizenship </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Steps for leaders to take now <ul><li>Build a portfolio of resources & professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on your core business, and contract the best none-core </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect, nurture, and perfect that core </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get networked, build relationships, be a great partner within your environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn social strategies now, leverage them later </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the tools that already exist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus social energies in learning new behaviors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn these skills yourself </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. In the future <ul><li>You will </li></ul><ul><ul><li>never need to find a job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be an expert at your niche </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>have many careers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>have your own brand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your firm will </li></ul><ul><ul><li>have the best resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increase productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stop wasting money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meet the future </li></ul></ul>When? ...soon
  19. 19. Book of influence <ul><li>Malcolm Gladwell - Outlier (2008), Blink (2005), Tipping Point (2002) </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Freeman - The World is Flat (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel Pink - A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Victor Frankle – Man’s Search for Meaning (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>Fergus Fleming – Earnest Shackleton, South: The Endurance Expedition (2002) </li></ul><ul><li>Denial Pink - Free Agent Nation: the Future of Working for Yourself (2001) </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Putman – Bowling Alone (2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Handy – Beyond Certainty (1998) </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Gazzaniga – The Mind’s Past (1998) </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Kuhn – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions ( 1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Denial Goldman – Emotional Intelligence (1994) </li></ul>

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