ILD 831 Week 4 The Changing Nature of Work
Reflect on how the nature of work is changing due to the web, and implication for leadership. In particular, what take aways do you take from Shirky’s talk and leadership in today’s world. Is “open” a given in leadership today? Keep the focus on the impact of the internet on your workplace and discuss ways that web-based tools can improve communication, work flow and productivity. Describe the impact of the internet on your workplace. Discuss ways that web-based tools can improve communication, work flow and productivity.
Shirky (2012) aptly described how “Cooperation without coordination” is gaining strength. Shirky (2008) noted, “the pattern of aggregating individual contributions into something more valuable has become general” (p. 252). The economics of this movement have allowed the “brilliant, but erratic” to contribute more often (p.250). Shirky (2008) described the open source movement as “an ecosystem”. This changes the landscape of business and government. Leaders lose the ability to filter out what they think is important or not important, and the people themselves decide. Shirkey (2012) shared the example of Martha Payne, the Scottish student who photographed and blogged about her school lunches. School administration tried to silence her voice, but the sheer number of calls the school received standing up for Payne caused the school to rescind their forbiddance of photographing and blogging about the school lunches.
Gartner (2010) discussed how to operate in a “business ecosystem” in which “the collective” of informal groups that are linked via a “common interest, a fad or a historical accident” (p. 1) are becoming a force to be aware of. Both authors used the term ecosystem to describe what was happening regarding information in the world. The keyword defining an ecosystem is community. Community can refer to a political unit or a group who share a common interest. Both divisions have greater power when the individuals act together as a community. Thus, leaders today should be cognizant of and “mindful about the scope and reach of interconnected markets and flows of information. Understand how and why people are connecting, talking, sharing information. Be prepared to listen deeply, be responsible, be accountable and be transparent (Husband, n.d.).”
Gartner. (4 August 2010). Gartner Says the World of Work Will Witness 10 Changes During the Next 10 Years [Press Release].
Retrieved from http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/1416513
Husband, J. (n.d.) Wirearchy [Blog]. Retrieved from http://wirearchy.com/what-is-wirearchy/
Shirky, C. (25 September 2012). How the internet will (one day) transform government [Video].
Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEN4XNth61o&feature=youtu.be
Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody: The power of organizing without organizations.
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated: New York, NY.