Recently Rod Collins, author of Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World, shared his thoughts on an American Management Association Edgewise Podcast about how managers have to adapt their expectations in a world shifting from command and control to networks.
Small changes in a collaborative world.
In a world shifting from command and control to networks, managers have to adapt their expectations while still keeping their employees accountable. The three most important areas are what Rod Collins calls The Three M’s: Managers, Meetings, & Measures. By resetting expectations of these three components of the workplace managers can become facilitators and meetings become highly functional dialogs instead of debates. Making some small changes to tip the organization into a more networked style is the key to Collins’s advice.
Rod Collins is the Director of Innovation at Optimity Advisors, a national management consulting firm, and a leading expert on the next generation of business management.