How work gets done. Or not.

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How does work get done in your organization?

Even the most traditional organizations recognize that work gets done outside of formal org. processes and hierarchies. Leaving a little room for informal collaborative communities to develop and make legitimate contributions makes a world of difference. The organization of the future is emerging as a social organization that is comfortable with informal collaborative processes to supplement formal processes and hierarchies.

Do you agree?

We are finding that hackathons, for example, are a great way to get work done. I think of them as the “flash mob” of the corporate world. So much gets done so quickly, that it has triggered some anxiety among managers used to command-and-control ways of organization. Some of those will leave and others will adapt.

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