The Shift: New perspectives on leadership

Submitted by chris.troutman on October 30, 2017
Understand how workplace culture is changing so you can identify the right leadership approach for your firm.

Seth Mattison of FutureSight Labs delivers a 20 minute seminar on his observations of trends in leadership and organizational structure. He explains how firms across all industries are experiencing a transformational shift from traditional workplace values to incorporate more contemporary views and approaches.

Key Points

Hierarchy and information hoarding—the old model

  • Unwritten rules: information flows down, it's a world of scarcity, you must compete, start at the bottom and work your way up.
  • Hierarchy can be represented as an organizational chart or family tree.
  • This structure has permeated our society, its institutions, even its language.

Networks and information sharing—the new model

  • Unwritten rules: access and immediacy, the organizational chart has flattened—parents and leaders have become peers.
  • Best illustrated as a network, life imitates the web.

Letting go of the rules—creating a functional culture

  • Develop a culture where leaders no longer see themselves leading from the top of the chart but instead from the center.
  • Leaders who balance the best of both worlds will get ahead.
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