Weinberger (2011) argues that books are limiting and narrowly focused. Books fail to show the complexity and diversity and divergence of perspectives as the Net shows. What I got from Weinberger’s (Weinberger, 2014) talk is that the Net and big data give us the luxury of inclusiveness. This allows us the opportunity to see that knowledge is not edited out and lost or narrowed due to limitations of space (in books and old data) or focus (in books), but included. Weinberger sees this as very advantageous because a lot of knowledge that may be ultimately meaningful can be lost through filtering out. This is no longer necessary. Filtering only means that we need slightly more clicks to reach the information we need.
Husband (n.d.) defines wireachy as “a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority, based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and technolog.” He argues that this emergent approach to work is changing the organizational relationship and structure in the workplace. Thus, the traditional hierarchy model’s “command and control” is giving way to the “champion and channel” (Husband, n.d.) approach. This invites a leadership approach that is less authoritarian, and more socially collaborative in the Net across organizations, time zones and national boundaries. One of the skills that leaders and workers will need, given the diminishment of authoritarian and status-based authority will be emotional intelligence.
Gartner’s (2010) predictions about the nature of the work place in the future are reasonable. Due to advance in technology, the work that will be expected of humans will be the non-routinized ones because the routinized can be mechanized. Those with developed emotional intelligence will be in a better position in a work place that is fluid and not based on hierarchy.
From Gartner’s description, the workplace, highly influenced by the New will be quite effective. Technology will drive this effectiveness, and swarms (teams) will easily emerge to respond to urgent tasks. The network engendered by the Net will help people be more effective by collaborating across previously difficult divides. However, this work place has its weaknesses. This weakness includes possible stress and over-work since technology makes people work more. Furthermore, it may blur the divide between a work and family/private life since work may be done from anywhere. The fluidity of the work place where teams (swarms) emerge and disappear may not encourage deep relationships in the work place and may discourage fulfillment that comes with these types of relationship. This can cause more turnovers.
One of the immediate impacts of the changing workplace environment is the fact that workers are being expected to learn more and more new skills to help them become relevant in a workplace where technology is becoming more and more important. Dishman (2016) points to this. From my experience and those in my organization, people are seeking out relevant training in the Net and taking these trainings online.
Dishman, L. (2016, December 15). These are the top 5 workplace trends. FC LEADERSHIP. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/3066605/the-future-of-work/these-are-the-top-5-workplace-trends-well-see-in-2017
Gartner identifies six. (2014, May 21). Gartner. Retrieved from http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2745517
Gartner says the world of work. (2010, August 4). Gartner. Retrieved from http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/1416513
Husband, J. (n.d.). What is wirearchy? Retrieved from http://wirearchy.com/what-is-wirearchy/
Weinberger, D. (2014, October 22). David Weinberger on the power of the internet. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPXmEh24KXA&feature=youtu.be
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