October 8, 2020
by John O. Burdett
We will evolve organisation forms that unlock the human spirit in full measure. “The team” is a basic and fundamental blueprint for organisational and personal success.
There is no “new normal,” only ‘the normal’
Covid has truncated into months what would normally have evolved – especially in areas like remote employment – over the next several years. There is no “new normal,” only ‘the’ normal. Now! Leadership, as it must be, is strategic. It’s to step back, see the big picture and, to the extent possible, create tomorrow in the room, today.
That “big picture” includes: the environment; robotics; cobotics; the speed of change; breakthrough technology; new materials; a new workforce; ongoing uncertainty; the political push back against globalisation; and a host of other truly dynamic factors. Moreover, because of Covid, as we have discovered, to our cost, everything is connected to everything else.
Make no mistake, technology has and will continue to change how we operate. In the fullness of time, even in the virtual world, creativity will catch up with connectivity. And, yes, we will evolve organisation forms that unlock the human spirit in full measure. Not tomorrow, but there is a generation at work, now in the majority who, as they move into key leadership roles, will push the boundaries that those who went before established.
At the centre of all of this is the team. “Team,” being far more than simply a collective noun but as:
- A way to think and act based on altruism and, given its competitive edge, through collaboration;
- An enduring link to our hunter-gatherer past;
- Deeply embedded habits;
- Behaviour locked in our DNA;
- A pre-programmed expectation enshrined in every group interaction – be it home, project, virtual, remote, self-organising, operational, or executive team.
In short … a basic and fundamental blueprint for organisational and personal success.
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John O. Burdett is founder of Orxestra® Inc. He has extensive international experience as a senior executive. As a consultant he has worked in more than 40 countries for organisations that are household names. John has worked on organisation culture for some of the world's largest organisations. His ongoing partnership with TRANSEARCH International means that his thought leading intellectual property, in any one year, supports talent management in many hundreds of organisations around the world. Get in touch with John O. Burdett »