Take Down the Ladder
Take Down the Ladder By Cathy Benko, chief talent officer at Deloitte and co-author of “The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work”
The pace of change is faster. Organizational structures are flatter. Companies are much easier to see into. Careers zig and zag. Work is done whenever and wherever. And information flows in every which way. Deloitte has dubbed this new world of work the “corporate lattice.” Why a lattice? Because it conveys flexibility and movement in many directions eclipsing the linear 20th-century ladder model.
To gauge just how quickly and precipitously this world of work is changing, consider that one estimate forecasts that 60% of the new jobs created this century will require skills now possessed by a mere 20% of today’s workers. This means that whatever your specialty, it’s likely to be outdated, if not completely obsolete, within a decade or so. Futurist Alvin Toffler sums it up this way: “The illiterate of the 21st century won’t be those who can’t read or write, but those who can’t learn, unlearn and relearn.”