When listening to Weinberger’s (2014) talk, one thing that stood out to me was when he discussed how we hack the future with what we build. Throughout history, humans have bundled tools out of the anticipation of need. To elaborate further, humans think we may need a tool that cuts so we bundle multiple tools together just in case there is an opportunity that use that tool. Anticipation of useful tools is how we approach the future and has been how the future is approached (Weinberger, 2014). Weinberger then went on to provide an example of how technology has changed from in the past to how it is now. In the past, there were filters (limits) on the books that would get published. Nowadays, there is still filtering, but more books are being published and are accessible online. The increased publications leads to a huge plethora of data accessed through technology. Weinberger shares how books are limited by space. Authors seek to address the anticipation of the reader, but books remain static. As a writer, you have limited space and try to address what the reader wants to know and what they may already know.
Technology allows for authors to have dynamic dialogue with readers and respond in real-time. Books do not allow for such dynamic conversations to take place.
Husband’s concept of wirearchy states that there exists an interconnectedness within technology that allows for two-way dialogue to occur. There is no hierarchical structure to communication like there may have been at one point in time. In other words, communication has changed through technological advancement.
The implications for leadership based upon the readings and videos, seem to suggest that leadership, much like technology is evolving. Leaders will now need to be aware of how technology is impacting the work environment. For example, in my organization, technology i.e. internet is used daily. As a reminder, the organization I work for is a small nonprofit healthcare organization that exists to help all seven health centers within Nebraska. My organization is hyper-connected in that we all have access to a work computer, a laptop (when traveling), and our personal phones are used for work so we are able to be contacted in a few ways. Technology is used to provide webinars and to also communicate with others.
Lastly, the Gartner News Analysis (2010), the Gartner (2014) Building Successful Digital Business, and FastCompany (2016) help flush out the previous ideas concerning how businesses are and will be impacted.
What was most interesting to me is that in my professional role, I provide training and technical assistance to the health center staff. One area I specialize in is workforce which impacts HR staff. According to FastCompany (2016), HR will transform itself in 2017. While utilizing big data is suggested to help transform HR, I personally do not see this process being used within the health centers because of the time it would take for the follow-through. In many of the health centers, the HR staff are the only ones that specialize in the work that he or she does.
Most recently, I lead a HR call that focused on recruiting and retention of staff within the health centers. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has been a great resource for me. I recently stumbled upon an article that discussed Siri (from Apple) being used to help recruit employees (Meyer, 2017). The thought behind it is to help identify potential candidates for open positions. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) would then interact with candidates. I wonder if this is the change the FastCompany article thought would happen?