The top-down hierarchical structure of organizations is limited and outdated. Here are four tips for leaders to adjust their strategic planning process to support a networked model.
During my work from home life, kids have been teaching me how to win Battle Royale in Fortnite. For my 10-year old son, it’s all about taking the high ground to snipe at your opponents. My 12-year old daughter, on the other hand, builds networks and alliances. She is already conditioned by societal gender stereotyping to win not through force or the relentless focus on the high ground. She seldom loses, and is perhaps better prepared by that same stereotyping to win in a future world.
In most organizations, there is a basic assumption that the hierarchy of titles represents the hierarchy of information. Bosses know best because they’ve taken the high ground. Most management books, gurus, and models created to date have been based on the same premise of a vertical organization with a hierarchy of power. Recently, management theory has been about creating a more effective pyramid, by turning it upside down and calling it servant leadership. Nevertheless, it’s still a pyramid.