My About section used to include this paragraph, written a while back and still reflective of my professional perspective:
A guiding goal in much of my work is the democratization of the enterprise. Democracy is our best structure for political governance and I believe it should be the basis of our workplaces as well. As work and learning become integrated in a networked society, I see great opportunities to create better employment models. I know that we can do better than cubicle farms, cookie-cutter job descriptions, generic work competencies and boring, dead-end jobs. I especially enjoy working with any organization that is open to change.
I share this vision with Mark Dowds, whom I’ve only met once but we’ve stayed in touch through the magic of social media. Here’s a great presentation by Mark, founder of Brainpark, on 8 reasons to democratize the workplace.
The entire presentation is well worth watching to understand why these are important, but for the attention deficient, here are the eight reasons:
- Reduced costs
- Reduced workforce
- Increased productivity
- Getting closer to customers
- Fewer layers of bureaucracy
- Shorter time to market
- Increased employee motivation
- Increased recognition of employee contributions
Mark (@MarkDowds) has a great sense of humour and I’m sure you’ll find his presentation enjoyable.