From the Introduction:
We are in the middle of a fundamental revolution in the way we live, work, communicate, collaborate, and learn, and the workforce is voting with its feet. The economic recovery is presenting capable workers with more options, and they are taking advantage of them.
What’s going on? In this book I suggest that the way we live and work has changed so dramatically in the last twenty years that our basic leadership beliefs and practices are no longer appropriate. We have information and tools at our disposal that were unheard of, and even unimaginable, just a few decades ago.
But the way we are trying manage is still mired in nineteenth-century assumptions about people, technology, economic value, and social well-being. The dominant “Command and Control” mind-set of most executives is out of sync with the world as it now operates.
And that misalignment shows up most prominently in the millions of corporate meetings that take place every day. If you can learn to talk with your staff and colleagues more respectfully, more candidly, and with more curiosity, you will not only feel better about your work experiences, you will also learn more, be more creative, and generate more value for your customers and shareholders.
This book is dedicated to the proposition that no one individually is smarter than all of us together. In the digital age collaboration beats control; power – and impact – comes from being connected, and from orchestrating collaboration.