Stephen Collins – Beyond the hierarchical model

And if you look at organizations, they are starting to make the right steps. Take away the offices so that senior people aren’t in the offices. They’re on the floor with the people who are doing the work so that they see what’s going on every day. And put them in close with their teams so that they see what’s going on, so they see the noise and they see the distraction and they figure out the best way.

Give people good tools. Don’t make people work on three and four and five year old machines because that doesn’t work. Don’t restrict them to stay at an environment. Don’t say, you only get Microsoft Office or you only get Lotus or you only get — let people work. It relies on the tools makers as well. So it relies on the Microsoft and the IBM and everyone to say, let’s use and open standard for our documents and let’s use an open standard for financial information and let’s use open standard for whatever the data is.

We need to solve all these problems and when we solve these problems, the capacity for you and me to do what we’re doing now, and say, so what is your idea and it doesn’t matter. There’s no right ideas or wrong ideas. There’s just ideas and then when we test them, then we’re in a position to say, well that’s the good idea and now we can turn it into something that maybe will make money for the company or whatever.

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