Change is Inevitable
Organizations are experiencing intense pressures to change the status quo. The old structures are becoming obsolete, and new ways of understanding organizational life are emerging. Successful companies will adopt practices that release complexity, employ lean and agile processes, give people more autonomy and open up to full participation. They will adapt to the changes in the global economy that are already underway, including zero-margin cost production, alternative currencies, and the expansion of smart machines, robotics and artificial intelligence in all sectors of our lives. Decisions will be made by distributed intelligence, and successful leadership will be defined as the greater capacity to understand the nature of change. The ability to navigate process flows becomes more important as futures become less predictable.
As organizations become more open and participatory, the notion of “individual leader” also changes. A new understanding of distributed intelligence and participatory leadership is emerging, which releases the escalating task demands on the leader-as-individual. By adopting open participatory practices, successful organizations can rely on multiple diverse perspectives of many participants making decisions at local levels and designing interventions that are sensitive to crucial conditions and subtle contexts that are operating there.