Three Interconnected Trends To Change The Way We Live And Work

from Forbes

Distributed Leadership is going to be the norm because we are changing how we relate to each other (remote work, generational shift, digital working and living methods) so leadership is changing to. The natural distance has shrunk from things like social filtering to email, collaboration tools, social, real-time interactions, so the flow of communications and the associated frictions that occurred have almost totally disappeared. This changes how our relationships work from positional hierarchies to ones based on a constant test of trust in relationships. In effect problem solving is no longer going to be driven be external experts, but by groups of people inside the organization, ideating. This has big implications for how we think about the idea and experiences of work by 2032.

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  1. This article is very interesting because it leads the reader to reflect on today’s world. On how the dynamics of socialization, the ways of working, communicating, and many others have changed. It is no secret that technology is evolving at an impressive pace. Artificial intelligence has the power to completely transform the way companies and people operate. But with the excitement of new technologies comes fear and uncertainty. The role of leaders is very important, not just global leaders, but the leaders of each organization in different countries. It is up to leaders to calm those fears by looking for ways to implement artificial intelligence that adds to employees rather than replaces their jobs. Leaders must calm their fears and remain positive about new technologies. With this, we can realize that change is all around us in the form of climate change, globalization, diversity, and dozens of other things. Change is constant and has always happened. What is different today is the speed at which change is occurring. To be successful, our society must constantly look forward and leaders must lean in and embrace change rather than shy away from it. Change has led us to have to act in different ways, to be agile, easily adaptable, and comfortable challenging the status quo. We should not be afraid of change because at the end of the day it is the only thing that is certain. New technologies and innovations of all kinds will be developed all the time, so it is important to develop skills so that change is not taken abruptly but simply to be able to understand that there are different and even better ways of doing things. One of the biggest changes we have experienced that has undoubtedly changed the way things work is the covid 19 pandemic. The coronavirus impacts everyone’s life, without exception. It does not understand wealth or geography and, therefore, has united us to take action in record time. We can see from this pandemic that without cooperation, collaboration, solidarity, and unity of action, it will be very difficult to confront change.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this article because it provided many ways in which we are changing the way we live because of interconnected trends. Reading this made me realize how much technology impaccts our lives and how much we rely on it. With the ongoing evoultion of technology we have adapted to a new way of living that includes work and daily living that we must adjust to. With the plenty of new resources that we have in todays age we have plenty of new opportunities that causes a shift in our lives. This has not always been the case because technology hasn’t always been so advanced being able to do different things. Since the pandemic we were forced to adapt. In the article they argue that Distributed Leadership is going to be the norm because we are changing how we relate to each other. A few a examples they provide on how we are changing is because of remote work. This meaning we are now able to work at home. This is a new convenient way to work now instead of always traveling and going into the office, you are now able to work at the comfort of your home. With the pandemic happening we were forced to adjust to remote working and now it is the new common theme as some now prefer it. Another example they provide is digital working and living methods.
    What I also find very interesting and something that really caught my attention is that they talk about how it can affect the future. In the article is states that In 2032 it will affect us because of the ways things are changing causing new patterns. This article gives a lot of examples to look at relating to how the world is changing and how we have to learn to adjust to it. With new technology it can be a good, but is also something that we should fear because of it replacing workers. This is something that will not be good for society because lots of people will be looking for work and nobody will be hiring.
    Overall, This is a great article to read because it gives you a new perspective to look at and the overall impact of technology and how it affects us now and how it may impact us in the future.

  3. Is the advancement of technology truly a bad thing? To answer that question from my point of view the answer will be no. After reading the article from Forbes, what stood out to me most was how easy technology has made things for us. Not to mention since COVID-19 we have all be on our toes because things can change in any given moment. However, with technology we are able to still connect with one another even if we are not face to face and can not be in the same room with each other. That is how far we have come with technology and networking. Who better than us? This eliminates hassles such as, commuting to work or school, lateness, comfortability, sickness and many more. We are now in an era where there should be no excuse as to why you can not show up to a meeting or class. As well as not being socially connected to the world because there are a million ways to connect with one another without leaving ones home.

  4. It is inevitable that technology will be the future. From autonomous driving, to artificial intelligence, technology is taking over in ways us humans would have never possibly imagined. Is this really a bad thing? On a happy note, we use technology every single day such as our phones, Facebook, Instagram, and many other forms of technology that we do not mentally comprehend the importance of in our day to day lives. As many positives there are, there are negatives to it as well. As I did some research, I stumbled across something called “universal basic income.” People believe in this as they assume almost 51% of jobs will be wiped out in the future due to advances in technology and the lack of use for human labor. As sad as it is, if you believe its true, it goes to show how companies can find ways around different issues such as labor costs and do the best they can to replace that expense. Our everyday lives are changing before our own eyes. The majority of our economy has gone from a 9-5 working hour schedule to fully remote work in which many employees and or employers complete their work from home simply behind their computers. This is a huge transition as it has been routinely used for more than over a century. This is a positive to me as employees would feel more comfortable in their own homes and wouldn’t have to hassle themselves to wake up very early in the morning to commute to work and back, but when it comes to online it makes everything very simplistic and accessible making workers at ease and their own pace. I really enjoyed this article as it has really given us a thorough understanding on the advancement of technology and how it is rapidly progressing and changing.

  5. As the advancements of technology help the common people with their work or health, these advancements can hinder our relationships. In the article, it says, “The natural distance has shrunk from things like social filtering to email, collaboration tools, social, real-time interactions, so the flow of communications and the associated frictions that occurred have almost totally disappeared. This changes how our relationships work from positional hierarchies to ones based on a constant test of trust in relationships. In effect problem solving is no longer going to be driven be external experts, but by groups of people inside the organization, ideating”. Different platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams has helped companies and schools through the COVID-19 pandemic, these platforms are still popular as the pandemic slows down. Some companies have decided to stay virtual due to the convenience of the platforms. Without the in person meeting for your job, you can’t start a real friendship or relationship with another employee. Without that contact, we can’t really learn who they are and what they’re about. While staying virtual may make work easier, you can never build the trust in the company.

  6. I wish I could live an extra 1000 years. Not because of a fear of dying, but because I want to bear witness to the technological advancements. Watching technology improve on a daily basis is an exciting thing. Watching the progression of the revolutionary iPhone has been quite a show. The iPhone alone has exponentially improved quality of life by simplifying mundane tasks such as journal taking, additions to the calendar, calls, etc. These tasks have been crammed into one item. Beholding how much a small technology device can do, one can imagine what is yet to come in the technology space. Charlene Li and I are in agreement about the speculations of technology. We have high hopes for the potential technological advancements yet to come. She mentions AI and Machine learning are potential catalysts. This area of technology is extremely fascinating. Being able to optimize any aspect of life by implementing machine learning is unfathomable. However, society may not be ready for this advancement. If robots begin doing human jobs such as construction work or factory work, the labor market can have an episode of high unemployment. I am sure there will be a way to incorporate such employees to work alongside these machines, but the way some of these engineers talk about machine learning can be quite scary. This is mainly because scientists and engineers have barely scratched the surface of the potential in the machine learning and AI industries. Humans going bionic is another side of technology I am excited about. If microchips can get to the point of improving human performance, there is no stopping the disruption technology can cause. It is a scary and exciting thought at the same time. Whatever the outcome I wish to live through these advancements to see such magnificence.

  7. Remote working is the new norm as it is a convenient, affordable, and flexible method of labor that is favorable to employees and employers. Distributed leadership, quantum computing, and constant transformation are some of the techniques the workforce has to adapt to in order to have successful careers.
    Within distributed leadership, teamwork, mutual trust, and diverse perceptions will generate the best results. Distributed leadership is a conceptual and analytical approach to understanding how the work of leadership takes place among the people and in the context of a complex organization. A distributed leadership team approach ensures that decision-making responsibilities are shared. The shared management ensures the spread of knowledge, constructive criticism, and effective risk-taking.
    Quantum computing is an area of computing focused on developing computer technology based on the principles of quantum theory. It’s a process that can simulate immense challenges and solve complex problems. In addition, it is the future of technology to build a skilled workforce.
    Adjusting to continuous change is also another essential trend across industries. By changing the organization to meet the needs of distinct situations, it provides a belief that no matter the obstacles, we have to overcome them.
    Taking joint responsibility and utilizing technology to our advantage are two skills the current generation has to improve.

  8. There is no debate as to whether technology has progressed to improve work, school, and the like. Programs like Microsoft Teams and Zoom helped to keep the world spinning while everything shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there are some things that cannot be replaced or made easier with the implementation of more technology, namely, relationships. In person interaction is crucial to forming bonds and lasting relationships. Sure, it is not impossible feat that relationships can be made via software platforms, but to replace physical interactions as a whole is not a well thought out idea. Additionally, the writer of this article mentions the implementation of chips in the human body. “The ideas of a chip inside of us might sound strange, but we all walk around with cell phones that monitor, track and compute with us. A chip inside of us may just be one natural next step that unknowingly the Covid-19 pandemic may well have made a sooner-than-later reality. As we see the value to the wider society of tracking, ideas like artificial empathy could now interact with us in real time and the idea of a high level of EQ (human and machine learning together) will help us”. The statement made by Michael Gale, writer of this article, is the most ridiculous and outlandish opinion I have ever heard. Adding in chips to our bodies is nowhere near comparable to carrying a cell phone in our pockets, and a higher level of EQ (human and machine learning together) because of that chip, is something we can surely live without. Undoubtedly, technology can help productivity and performance for those in the work force, but the line has to be drawn somewhere.

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