Collaborate or Die!

October 6, 2023

by John O. Burdett

The Age of Discontinuous Change: Thriving Through Collaboration

Economists talk about a “tipping point.” Historians use the term, “a hinge in history.” Management writers dramatically overuse the term, but “transformation” describes the same phenomena. Personally, I prefer the term “discontinuous change.” However you describe it, recent records reveal that about once every hundred years business and society go through a period of dramatic reinvention.

Today’s catalysts for change are the environment, diversity, inclusion, AI, hybrid employment, smart robots and the shift of power from the enterprise to the employee. And quantum computing lies in the wings. The overriding challenge? Enabling collaboration to thrive in the face of complexity, uncertainty, an avalanche of data and the need to compete on ideas.

Collaboration is far more than a skill or a capability. Like storytelling, although far, far older, it’s the essence of who we are as a species.

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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 »

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