A New Model of the World requires a new Organisational Model

Instinctively, we know that ‘Management’ is out of date. We know its rituals and routines look slightly ridiculous in the dawning light of the 21st century. That is why the antics in a Dilbert cartoon or an episode of The Office are at once familiar and cringe-making.

Gary Hamel

Reaching the edge

Whatever your role and rank in your organisation, you are very likely experiencing similar symptoms as the majority of the workforce: a sense that the current way we run our companies has been stretched to its limits. Clients do not believe the organisations claims for service excellence, rather they know they are just a means to the bottom line. Staff feel there is a disconnect with purpose and there is only ever more pressure for no better results. And all of these are not conducive of better business results, which are met at a high personal cost, which leaves little energy for innovation.

 

 Why this is happening

People are learning that a pay check is no sufficient reason to compromise their principles. We are starting to question both our personal purpose (“Who am I?” “What am I here for?” “Is my life meant to just flow with no higher purpose?”) and those of the organisations we work for. The division of “work” and “life” is just another aspect of the industrial model that we consumed for the last 100 years which presupposed that people would work to provide food as the only goal. This is no longer true and today we expect to be part of something that is bigger than ourselves. We expect to have a positive impact to the world around us.

 

And then there is complexity and uncertainty

Why are we experiencing unprecedented complexity and uncertainty in all aspects of life? Is it that the world is becoming more complex, or is it that possibly, it is only now in this time and era that humanity is evolving into a new level of social consciousness, and as we open our perception to new realities we are able to see complexity where we couldn’t see it before?

 

A new model of the world

As we change our belief systems, we are creating a new model of the world. Our perceptions, perspectives and filters are adjusting to better understand the impacts of our actions to the environment, people, and how the future will unfold for the human race. This new model longs for a different type of human connection, where we create relationships that honour collaboration, mutual discovery, collective purpose and community behaviours that expand the individual horizon. There is a growing critical mass of individuals thinking, behaving and perceiving the world differently.

We are realising that in order to prosper as a species, we need to honour the real spirit of life, which is one of continuous growth and learning by forming bonds with fellow individuals; by forming communities with a social endeavour.

The organisation as a living, complex system

As we connect all aspects of life, the separation of work and personal life is blurring rapidly. People want to bring their self and soul to work and honour the connectedness with the individuals that represent the purpose and meaning they seek. People are ready to search for more meaningful work, one that they feel will leave legacy, care for the broader ecosystem and have social responsibility. The power based hierarchical system is being replaced by a new system of networks. As an example of this, my personal viewpoints and ideas are the same regardless of where I am. Because of this, I expect that my work environment is accepting of who I am, what I think, my diverse viewpoints, ideas, beliefs…

And as scary as it seems, this leap of consciousness places the future of your organisation at the edge of your current system. Looking out and forward will provide the answers to what transformation is needed. Create a new Organisational System.