Writing the New Rules:
Making Sense of a World Turned Upside Down
Well a lot has changed since 1989. The Y2K issue, the busting of the Tech Bubble, the fall of the Twin Towers in 2001; the financial crash of 2008… and this is just the beginning.
We live in a world that is changing before our very eyes. We wake up to a new world every day, with less and less continuity with the past, and more change that we have to ingest, digest, process, and respond to… as individuals, as organizations, as industries.
We are the generation that must write the new rules… the New Rules for 21st Century Organizations; the new rules for a 21st Century workforce; the new rules for a 21st Century Economy.
We live in a world that is unpredictable, chaotic, constantly in a state of becoming at a very rapid pase. We must not only gorw comfortable in this world, we must make this world work for us, for our organizations, for industries, for our families, for our communities, for our nation and our world.
We recognize that change is the name of the game. And, if you play the game by the old rules, you will strike out very quickly. It’s time to write the new rules. In this program we will learn how to “write the new rules,” and preview some of the possible new rules for the 21st Century. These are rules for a radically altered world, rules that will help us see this world, understand this world, and succeed in a chaotic, emergent, often unpredictable environment.
A sample of the new rules are:
Rule 1: Hierarchy is out! Fluid is in! The “Adhocracy” Rules.
Rule 2: Functions are out! The new rules are functionality and process.
Rule 3: The whole is greater than the sum of its’ parts! Optimize the system.
Rule 4: Organizing is a VERB: Just Do It!
Rule 5: Teams are made up of individuals: The power of “collaborative individualism”
Rule 6: Treat employees as volunteers, not hostages!
Rule 7: Expect exceptional performance from everyone!
Rule 8: Get in touch with your feminine side!
Rule 9: Challenge business as usual!
Rule 10: Leaders make “meaning” and “sense.”
Rule 11: Stability and change depend on the CORE: Purpose and Values.
Rule 12: “See the Future” Find the anomalies, see the vision, and “tell the story.”
Rule 13: Know your Three “C’s” Creative collaboration, context, and coherence.
Rule 14: Learning, not learned, organizations survive!
Rule 15: Lovers of change win!
These are just my rules… What are your rules? How will you re-define your work, your organization, your industry, your world?
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