MANAGERS : Today vs Tomorrow



Just as employees of the future will bear little resemblance Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 7.40.05 pmto employees of the past, so too will future managers be different–if they exist at all. Modern management began when men like Frederick Winslow Taylor, father of the scientific management movement, began to analyze and shape labor. These management gurus believed that the head and the hands were separate, that only well-born and well-schooled managers could make decisions, and only the lower classes could stand the drudgery of carrying out that work. Employees could only handle doing what they were told; they were not even capable of thinking about their work.

Looked at another way, the prevailing wisdom held that management needed to enforce control and coerce employees to get their jobs done. Workers, according to this logic, prioritize job security over satisfaction. They will avoid laboring if they can because they dislike their jobs.

A more helpful perspective presumes that employees are ambitious and self-motivated, as naturally inclined to work as they are to play or rest. Everyone has the potential for creative problem solving, precisely the kind of work organizations today need.


The future manager is going to have to challenge the traditional ideas of management and adapt to the future employee. In order to be effective, the future manager must:

  1. Be a leader.
  2. Follow from the front by encouraging and supporting employees and removing roadblocks.
  3. Understand technology.
  4. Lead by example.
  5. Embrace vulnerability.
  6. Believe in sharing and collective intelligence.
  7. Challenge convention and be a fire starter.
  8. Practice real-time recognition and feedback.
  9. Be conscious of personal boundaries.
  10. Adapt to the future employees.

Hierarchies and organization charts, borrowed by corporations from the military, no longer serve a purpose. At one time, perhaps, top management could control the flow of information and the front-line employees of various departments had no need to communicate with one another. The push toward openness and transparency, facilitated by technology, as well as the effort to make organizations more agile and adaptable, works against the desire for information control and hierarchy.

In short, traditional management has too few people controlling too much, leaving little room for the mass of employees to contribute their wisdom and creativity. It focuses on the wrong things, such as getting people to show up for work and complete repetitive tasks, rather than outputs. It leaves little room for experimentation. Traditional management had its time and purpose, but the future manager will take a different path entirely.


About anubhamauryawalia

Contact us at 919818446562, Anubha, a Trainer, Facilitator & OD&L Professional is a prolific Human Process Interventionist, created PRISM Philosophy, ( Prepare. Respect. Implement. Share. Maintain) carries 18 years of rich experience have worked with top of the line blue chip organizations like Honeywell, ICICI Bank, Moody ICL Certification were she was heading ODL, Trainings & Quality verticals. Her areas of expertise include human process intervention, Organisation Development, Change engagement Learning, Team building, POSH and Quality implementation. She is Consultant as Change Engagement & Learning for OD and delivers corporate training programs at national and international platform and First lady from India doing research on FOLLOWERSHIP. She is the Self-Discipline Strategist who relates profound truths coupled with humorous anecdotes empowering professionals to conquer their apprehension. Her work involves direct observation, real time feedback, experiential learning and coaching following Andragogy principles. Self-directed and self-motivated, Charismatic and persuasive, with the ability to rely on logic and facts to support her positions. In times of pressure, tend to be objective in her approach and direct in her communication. Naturally, optimistic, you seek out the possibilities in life. Her creativity and ability to solve problems are some of her greatest strengths. This paired with drive, vision, and methodical approach allows her to create new opportunities, keeping her experiences fresh and exciting. Preferring to develop new ideas rather than maintaining systems already in place. Bold person, whose character is marked by originality, expressiveness, generosity, determination, and a keen eye for details Natural born communicator and an adept social navigator, often others will sit by, engage new people or invite others in to make them feel at home. With a talent for creative reasoning and big picture thinking, she is a great innovator and are typically seen this way by others. Her energy and forward thinking can generate a team-oriented environment, helping to accomplish goals by motivating others, while creating an atmosphere that is fun and exciting.

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