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.

  9. Michael Gale writes a very interesting article on how we will interact with each other within the workforce. The idea of there being a ‘leader’ or boss Gale assumes will be no more, and the work load will be divided up evenly between employees. I believe this is an extremely innovative and smart way to run a business, since everyone feels like they’re equal with each other and don’t feel the pressure of having a boss watch over them. He goes on to explain that although there isn’t a boss, there is a leader who will give out tasks to people and they will think deeply and analyze how they will solve the issue at hand. I think this would be great for a work environment, because in today’s age we rely on the internet too much to answer our questions when we should use critical thinking to solve issues. The ideas that Gale mentions are what the future of companies will be, and I am all for it. By giving the workers more independence and responsibility, they will apply themselves more and it will result in a more successful business. I agree that the idea of bosses will be left in the past, and every worker will dynamically provide their ideas and thoughts to a group project, which will lead to new and creative ideas.

  10. Since the dawn of time humans have been making creating inventions and innovation to help the human race. People started with fire and farming, eventually moved to clothing and hunting, and so on and so forth. Technology is meant to help make things easier for people, technology as of recent years has become more and more advanced and is making life easier for humans. Cars are able to tell the drivers what the tire pressure is in each individual tire. It can give the miles to gallon from to time the car was started to when it stopped, how far the car went and how long it took to get there. Cars have features such as lane keep assist that can keep the vehicle from drifting out of the lane, and cruise control where the car can maintain a speed without the driver having to press on the gas pedal. Cars have even gone as far as being able to drive themselves. The article mentions the idea of people having microchips in their bodies at some point in the future, as foreign of an idea as this sounds, Apple Watches are a very close version of that. Apple watches have the ability to track where you are at all times and how many steps you have taken. It tracks your heartbeat, and your sleep and how many hours of sleep you have been getting. It can detect what our hearing is like based off of how loud we play our music through Bluetooth audio devices. It can track a females cycle and be able to predict the future of it. It also knows the user’s blood oxygen levels as well. So when someone compares a microchip to something such as a smart watch, it does not seem as far of a stretch. Another thing that humans have changed a lot is what beds are like. In the beginning of time beds were just where humans slept and where they were safe. Now beds come in all sizes and shapes and materials. There are things called smart mattresses. Smart mattresses have features that are supposed to improve people’s sleep. One feature that smart beds have is temperature control, the bed can warm and cool based off the temperature of the bed. If the user likes the bed at a certain temperature, the bed can ensure that it stays at that temperature at all times. It has position control which can elevate and lower parts of the mattress at all times. The bed can even track how much someone moves in their sleep to know how restless they are while they sleep. It is exciting to see how much the human race improves on a daily basis because humans evolving technology is something that will continue to happen.

  11. From the beginning of the human race, we as society continuously look for new ways to improve the living styles of the human race; we primarily do this by creating new inventions every single day. In my opinion, an innovation that has affected the human race the most is technology. Technology is an invention that has affected the human race so significantly because technology provides information and a much easier lifestyle for humans. In addition to that, technology nowadays is so advanced that compared to centuries ago we are living in a world that wasn’t even imagined back then. A prime example of how impressive and how much assistance technology gives humans is that cars in this era are self-driving. Cars have the ability to drive themselves due to the amount of knowledge installed in them; allowing them to have a map of the roads, the ability to know when to stop and go, and the crash detection ability within the car. Specifically from the article in the near future microchips have been a big discussion. The idea is that people will eventually get this installed in their very own bodies. In my opinion, our society has implemented this years ago; with the products such as Galaxy watches, Apple Watches, and other smartwatches on the current market. I believe in this because these smartwatches have the ability to track how many steps a person takes, how many calories a person burns, and even a person’s heart rate. Personally, I believe a smartwatch and a microchip are very similar for multiple different reasons they both share.

  12. The article focuses on how leadership will change in the future. The social norms are changing sooner rather than later because of the pandemic. The pandemic brought many changes, like working from home and communicating via Zoom. In a couple of years, we will see teams share leadership and knowledge. We will also see relationships develop greatly with minimal face to face contact. Therefore, the way we live and work will change drastically. Some of the changes that were caused by the pandemic are starting to become the new norms, and it will be hard to go back to the way it used to be. So, teaching leadership should change to create better leaders for the future. People should be taught how to communicate effectively via media and video meetings. To be a great leader in the future, one must effectively use technology. Technology is becoming a new factor that will dictate how good of a leader we are. Therefore, basic coding and technical skills will become a must if one wants to succeed in the workforce. Teams will meet less often and meet more in online meetings. Becoming a leader in the future will require a new learning curve. It will expect us to know more about technology and how to interact with others in remote situations. Leadership in groups will be more distributed and there will need to be more trust in the relationships.

  13. It is no doubt that our world has changed since the invention of the internet, connecting with people has become much more accessible and fluid. Since the computers were invented and internet was established technological advancements have progressed in unprecedented rates, unseen in any period in History. In the 21st century we have made more technological advances then we have in all of History. As technology advances so does our knowledge of the universe and quite frankly everything. With access to platforms such as Google, Firefox, Microsoft, etc. gaining information and knowledge is accessible through the click of a button. However now that information is now so readily available, it changes in the way our work environments operate completely changed. Competition in the business world has now become much more difficult for the average individual. One must now take extreme measures and initiative in order to be more suitable for a business position than the next person.
    With so many great minds now having the facilities they need to pioneer there field of work, company hierarchies having changed tremendously and a distribution in leadership positions. The article I read today explains how distribution of leadership relates to technological and social advancements. Three core components contribute to this change including distribution of knowledge and skills, quantum computing, and continuous change and advancements. Having multiple leadership positions in which great minds can specialize in certain tasks that must be done for a company is essential for exponential growth of the industry. With face to face online platforms that allow teams to communicate there knowledge with others, this has only furthered the need for individuals to become more Intune with there studies and self-awareness. Furthermore this quote from the article explains this “Distribution of knowledge and skills will be the core to success. Core competency has historically been about repeating patterns. In 2032 it will be about being uncomfortable to that historic pattern and being comfortable, being uncomfortable. In 2032 the leader asks the questions and does not just send tasks. The team does the work and taps into the diversity of thinking. Courage and confidence will reign. Teaming and generating trust is everything as teams will need to understand before they do. Self-awareness becomes a vital component and Millennials and Gen Z are wired to do this as they can forge relationships with minimal face to face relationships.” (Gale). Technology has undoubtedly changed the way leadership roles play there part in the work space and have changed the competition for the world.

  14. Our author Michael Gale, explores the three major trends which are set to reinvent the way in which we live and work by 2032, as proposed by the modern business thinker, Charlene Li. The first major trend explored is the new concept of Distribution Leadership, meant to capitalize on advancing technologies, and interdependence within the workplace. Li notes that the idea of distribution leadership will heavily rely on the characteristics of teamwork, self-awareness, and trust. The concept will eradicate the need for third-party experts while simultaneously requiring individuals to be problem solvers, confident, and self-aware. As Seth states in his blog, confidence and self-awareness are key in the current climate we are living in, and it will continue to require us all to be equipped with these tools to enhance performance. Personally, I think these skills will be necessary to remain relevant in the workplace, as they will permit efficiency, banking on the perfection and creativity of the individual to allow for the success of the team. The second trend discussed is microchipping within humans. Li and Gale agree that the trend is already existent among us as we all have chipped tech, notably our smartphones, but express that internalized chips will allow for tracking, diagnosis, contact tracing, etc. This trend while scary is already among us, I would be hesitant to put a chip in my skin, but it might make transactions, diagnosis, and communication easier, however, again, I don’t think I’d volunteer. Third, the two mention that quantum computing is the future, which may be true, but the tech hasn’t reached the capacity to be accessible to all individuals yet, but it’ll be interesting to see how it evolves by 2032. Most interesting, I think it’ll be cool to see workplaces transform from just tasks to leaders asking us questions. I think tasks were often the pitfall of the business sector, however, once one is employed to think creatively and expand upon their personal skills, it creates a welcoming environment that inherently encourages success. However, overall, Charlene Li believes the best way to capitalize on these trends is to become comfortable being uncomfortable, in all landscapes, as well as with the rapidly advancing concepts and tools necessary within one’s field.

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