ORGANIZATIONS OF THE FUTURE—Step Aside Boomers, Millennials are Taking Over
(4th article in a series – by Duncan Robins)
ORGANIZATIONS OF THE FUTURE ARE BEING FORMED TODAY
In the near future, competition will be so fierce in the winners-take-all global market that corporations will be forced to break with their rigid, Industrial Era, organizational structures. They will need workforces that are more agile with higher skills, less segmented by function, and more able to assemble quickly, in small teams when needed. Corporations will have to work with skeptical Millennials, who have much different values and working styles than their parents. These two powers may be in tension, but they are also proving that new working arrangements, ones that defy current norms and test existing laws, will benefit both corporations and their prized, Millennial workers. However, not all workers will enjoy the spoils of the new working paradigms, as many will be left on the other side of the widening Digital and Educational Divides in the Age of Digital Dominance.
Duncan Robins is the President and COO of Assemble Technologies, a venture-backed startup developing a smarter way to work for freelancers and the organizations they serve. He is often hired by investors, boards and owners to lead growth-oriented turn-arounds for organizations big and small, family-owned and venture-backed during extreme events. His resume boasts many CEO positions, as well as stints at Bain, McKinsey, Harvard and Stanford.