Today the world is changing faster than ever because of the digital revolution. We are overwhelmed with information.
We notice this constant change also in our careers. Yesterday, careers were stable, linear and singular. People chose one path and pursued it over the course of their lives from college to retirement.
Today, this model no longer works. Careers are now complex, fragmented, specialized, collaborative and ever evolving.
The consequences of the digital revolution for our job
There are many. One consequence is that team members might know more than their manager.
Yesterday, the manager had a better degree than his team members, and therefore more knowledge.
Today the game has changed. Degrees are less important. Experience and professional attitude get more attention. Team members become more and more specialised. Because of the explosion of available information, the rapid evolvement of technology and the access to new information for all of us, it is possible and relatively easy to know more than your boss.
But that’s a good thing
Even more so: it has become a must. A manager needs specialists in his team. The manager must be an excellent leader, but not a specialist.
By staying curious for new information in our field of expertise we will keep up to speed in an increasingly competitive world.