Business leaders are facing daunting challenges in the years ahead. The entire economic system has shifted. Consumer influences has shifted. Employee expectations have not only shifted but expectations of job satisfaction have increased dramatically. The transparency of social media has moved the issues into the forefront and management practices of the past must change or be exposed for the inadequacies which management has failed to address.
The More Things Change…
Jack Myers writes: Do you automatically complete the cliché “The more things change…” with “…the more things stay the same?” In business, as in society, we no longer can depend upon stability or consistency. We no longer can expect things to stay the same. Too many businesses today are locked into traditional patterns, cycles and measures of success. These molds must be broken. Paradigms must be changed. Clichés must be discarded.
We need a new set of paradigms. Our comfortable clichés, patterns and traditions no longer hold. When we look back, we are held back – in society and in business. The past no longer provides us with adequate tools for building strategies for the future.
Old school management styles and theories cannot respond to the emerging challenges effectively. Instead old management styles try to control the outcomes by dictating methods by trying to use their authority as the intimidation factor to get people to do what they want. People do not respond well to these old styles and those that continue with the old methods will soon find themselves talking in a mirror because no one else will listen.
The video below is a comical attempt to illustrate how old school management methods respond to social media.
What say you?