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Is middle-management on the cusp of decline?

automation2.pngI saw this article Technology will make businesses more 'human'. It describes a perspective on how organizations can use technology to buy-in to corporate objectives (gamification has a role to play here). The article also discusses the side-effect forcing organizations to become even more flat and enabled (likely through automation driving out levels of knowledge workers -- currently part of middle-management). This frees up employees to focus on leadership and corporate goals where their creativity is needed rather than well understood operational tasks.


For those that are affected by this shift in how employees generate value, it reminded me of a post I wrote on letting go of preconceptions, at the time EDS was purchased by HP. All will need to develop new skills and understand new ways of working (probably using new techniques).


So agility will need to be a core competency, rather than the rote skills that are generally used in training. Roles like the CIO will need to shift.

| ‎10-12-2013 12:02 PM

Made a minor change to add a link to a post on continuous education. Just signed up for a course on Machine Learning. Hopefully, I'll have the time necessary to at least listen to all the lectures.

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