We are wondering if the way how organizations are managed seems out-of-date. Over the years, we hear C-Level and HR people complaining about difficulties in finding talents and challenges in organizational development in Asia-Pacific region.
We also hear repeated comments and questions like,
“employees are so different from those in the past”
“how can we engage and make them more self-motivating”?
“come on, let’s have more team-work”
“please be more creative.”
We, external consultants, have been observing the repeated dynamics, and witnessing the regular pattern in most organizations, for example, applying old school mindset and skills to predict and control; using one single formula or protocol to resolve evolving changes and challenges which are faced by organization in the new millennium.
We, HR strategists, intend to work with far-sighted talents and learning teams in the Asia-Pacific region. We wish to steer fundamental transformation in human capital for the 21st century organizations. The structural and productivity-driven mindset dated back to the industrial revolution period, or even modern days fails to support organization to stay tuned with evolution in this post-modern era.
Frederic Laloux, author of “Reinventing Organization” once said, “Traditional hierarchies and their plethora of built-in systems are, at their core, formidable machines that breed fear and distrust.”
We begin to question, “What are lacking in these modern days organizations?”
Facing a world of VUCA, we need to see human as human, and acknowledge their full spectrum of competencies, personalities and situations in order to bring out their best. We also need to realize that organization is not a fixated framework which offers job vacancies, but an Amoeba which is a living organism composed of numerous cells with strong sensing capabilities responding adaptively to emerging changes. John Niasbitt, the Futurist, once said, “The most exciting breakthrough of the 21st century will not occur because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.”
Therefore, we advocate to co-creating a purposeful, and self-managing organization with humanity and creativity. Humanity and creativity arise from the people in the organization, whom we vow to co-nurture.
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