Mark Oehlert – We need different inputs

I would say the crux of the answer comes down to whether or not, we change what we are trying to do. So, if I am continuing, at one level, if I am continuing to do something, in kind of an industrial age kind of way, but I have got all this information coming at me, but I haven’t changed my outputs, I have got all these different inputs, but I am trying to do the same output, then that doesn’t, then it’s actually hurting me, right.

If however, I am trying to… I have adjusted what I want to do, if I have adjusted my… what I think my output is, then I need different inputs. So I think that’s one of the challenges is, we have to broaden what we consider the definition of people’s scope of their job. And so platforms, like social platforms inside the enterprise, all kinds of mobile technologies, these are enabling us to have flatter hierarchies, yes, and we have to change the organization to realize that people at all levels of the organization can now have different outputs, that while you still have to… you might still… even if you work on a production line. And you still have to touch or produce a certain number of units a day, you still have the ability to output ideas and thoughts, and how to change the process, and how to change the organization, in a way that didn’t exist before.

And not only do you have that opportunity, but that should actually be part of your job. So I think it could really empower people at all levels of the organization, but it’s only going to do that if we realize that we have these new capabilities and we change organizationally to make use of them. Otherwise we are just going to be forcing more and more information down, you know the same size hose and expecting something to change. And it’s, you know, it’s not going to, so…

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