Organizations are as slow, hierarchical, and political as ever. Worse still, organizations are only tapping into a fraction of the potential of their teams, who are now transcending five generations of workers, from Traditionalist to Generation Y, each of which have completely different working styles, expectations, and motivations. The way in which change is happening at large scale enterprise is still entrenched with the same issues and facilitation techniques that have existed for decades.
Despite the massive transformation that digital technology has brought to our world, leadership and culture remain stuck in the industrial era. The advent of programing techniques like Agile and others, have done little to change the way corporations create, implement and benefit from innovation and process improvements. As organizations we are as slow, hierarchical, and political as ever.
To make matters worse, the majority of employees, your biggest asset and biggest investment, are not engaged. They are brought into nod heads and agree as they are numbed by PowerPoint and managers that only care about their “sub-optimized” goals and objectives. Employees that have not been emotionally or financially beaten into submission do their best to give input, but soon the status-quo voices dominate that feed on “Fingerpointerosis,” “Competitive Obsession,” and a zero-sum gain culture where everyone loses.