“[Hierarchies] are not very good at mobilizing effort, at inspiring people to go above and beyond.” Gary Hamel ...hierarchy is a relic. ...It slows communication...decision-making...input. It discriminates against new talent and advocates for the familiar. .....Fresh ideas are stifled in hierarchies.
Hierarchies were useful to control employees when they could be easily replaced. Today it takes more than holding a job to motivate employees. They want to unleash their strengths, apply their passions and work alongside others who do the same
In time, rigid hierarchies...controlled by personality at the top will be outdone by nimble organizations that give power to teams. This ...shift gives the competitive advantage to businesses that leverage the collective talents of their people. ...organizations cannot thrive...with outdated structures that celebrate the individual at the top of the pyramid.
It’s more than seeking employees’ inputs, however. Replacing hierarchy means putting employees at the table co-creating solutions with managers, if they exist, to drive business results.