Organizations have many aims: to build products or offer services, to attract and retain employees, to be profitable, to grow, to make the world a better place…
What if an organization’s main purpose is to enable its employees to do the best work of their lives? How would such an organization be structured, and how would its employees approach their work? What remnants from the era of scientifically managed assembly lines would its managers have to abandon? Would such organizations descend into chaos or become highly functional and productive? Could such an approach work in my organization?
We’ll answer these questions (and more), and provide an overview of the evolution of knowledge work and organizations in the 21st century. This talk will challenge and inspire, and offer pragmatic ideas to try in your own organization to help your co-workers do the best work of their lives.
Dave Zwieback has been working with large-scale mission-critical infrastructure and teams for almost two decades. Dave is the VP of engineering at Next Big Sound (acquired by Pandora Media, Inc.) and CTO of Lotus Outreach. He has previously worked with the adaptive learning startup Knewton, the quantitative investment management firm D.E. Shaw & Co., and the financial services behemoth Morgan Stanley. He also ran an infrastructure architecture consultancy for seven years. Dave is the author of Beyond Blame: Learning from Failure and Success from O’Reilly Media. He blogs at Mindweather.com.
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