A Mindful Organization and Understanding Its People

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"The realities of ‘understanding' people in an organization and thus managing them, it is often believed, ran into conflict with prevailing organizational expectations." Suggest ways on how such situations can be blended as to structure towards a more ‘mindful enterprise'.

Yee Meng Yew, Joe
Student ID: 6030

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As the topic in discussion covers from the singularity of an organization to the individualistic aspect of an employee within an organization, I have approached the topic from the top down approach starting from the external environment stimuli (market forces), to an organization behaviour and finally microscopically, the individual. The Changing Environment – Information Age

Human existence has witnessed the evolution of societies. No one has describe it better than Alvin Toffler (1984) in his book, The Third Wave, who defines our era as the Third Wave, a post-industrial society are characterized, where diversification of lifestyles ("sub-cults") are created, the formation of fluid organizations with the ability to adapt to change are the one left that will survive, and information would be the raw material for workers instead of physical materials, and the gap between producer and consumer is bridged by Technology. The Third Wave was written in 1984 where the internet was more of a concept and terms like "intranet " was not even conceptualised yet, however Toffler (1984) has accurately predicted the birth of the knowledge worker (information being the raw material for workers), B2C business model (gap between producer and consumer bridged by Technology) and the evolution of the modern enterprise, being a living dynamic entity. With the entire environment changing ever so rapidly, would the need for constant adaptive behaviour change organization's expectations, demands and management of its employees, stakeholders? What management methodology would a successful organization adopt to remain dynamic and buoyant? What does organization need to know about managing their employees so that the organizations objective of adaptability remains feasible? Modern management experts identified the likes of such companies and call it - Learning Organization. Evolution of job requirement and design

In the information age, tasks and duties are constantly evolving, and so do the skills that are required to perform them. (Muchinsky, 2006, p.16) In a post-industrial society, (Toffler, 1984) we witness an increasing growth in the service sector as opposed to manufacturing industry, leading to a majority of those employed, are not directly involved in the production of tangible goods. Secondly, an accelerated dosage of information technology is injected into the production of goods; thus defining information, knowledge and creativity the raw material of our modern economy. In the past, as a sure recipe for success (Muchinsky, 2006, p 83), the two pure ingredients inserted into a career are job skills and...
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