Managing Roles, Not People.

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Complexity increases the need for both collaboration (working together on a problem) and cooperation (sharing without any specific objective). As we discussed a while back, ECS (Enterprise Collaboration Systems) are creating internal networks within large scale organizations that enable rapid shifts in the composition of work groups, without any formal reorganization. While the systems for empowering productive and efficient decentralized teams are now in place, what’s equally important for leaders within organizations to acknowledge is the need to actively curate and nurture an environment in which individuals can flourish.

As this quick read from a December issue of Fast Company points out, “The ways in which we work need new definitions, though what they are, and perhaps have always been, are roles”. Posing the questions; “how do we lead in ways that help people to grow, rather than tell people to grow? To want to work, rather than have to work”? It suggests that approaching individuals with a role-based mindset rather than a ‘title’ mindset is key.

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