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The Case for Workplace Hierarchy

In a world where a junior staffer can tweet to the CEO, the lines that traditionally delineated power and influence have been blurred. So much so, in fact, that when Jeffrey Pfeffer teaches about corporate America’s hierarchical power structure, his students often push back. That model of power isn’t relevant anymore, they insist. Such 20th-century thinking.

via The case for workplace hierarchy – Quartz.

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  1. Yes… like the Roman Church… there’s “someone” who’s trying to change course… but it’s extremely hard to make others understand that society has changed profoundly in the last 2/3 decades…. and the dynamic of the past no longer work… The author of this article is right…in a way… when he said that hierarchical power structures remain unchanged because these structures “can be linked to survival advantages” in the workplace. But he left out a very significant detail: in my view, when he said: “can be
    linked to survival advantages” – he should have added: of those who accept to live according to the old ways of our society… But there are less and less of them, for the simple reason that today people know a lot of things about a lot of things…that they didn’t know before…. because of a pervasive connectivity. So… there’s more awareness….but more than awareness there’s a NEED… a need like nothing else they’ve ever known is taking hold of people. The need to express themselves. And today people are less and less inclined to accept hierarchical structures that restrict their creativity… and inner freedom.

    That’s why more organizational models are shifting away from hierarchical, top down command and control to flat innovative workplaces where talent has more access to career development. People are realizing that there is no single way to work… and achieve what they want. But this is happening not just in the work environment, but
    also in all parts of society, and life. One would have to be blind not to observe such a thing… I might be wrong of course… but I have said in previous occasions… because I’m firmly convinced… and will repeat once again, I believe things are changing out of necessity (a NEED….), not awareness, as often happens, so do desires or aspirations. People need something more… they need something different… they need a different kind of solution, because they’re rediscovering the ability to express themselves as individuals. That’s why it’s increasingly becoming an entrepreneurial world now…. and there is so much disengagement within hierarchical structures.

    Bastions of conformity no longer work… the way they worked in the past. People are jittery, consciously or unconsciously. That’s why everything is in a state of flux. Thank you Dennis.

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