Posts Tagged ‘Event Guilds’



January 28, 2010

For several years, I’ve been intrigued as I watched the 20th century business model become diminished.

First, more and more employees took advantage of technology and flex-time opportunities in the workplace. Slowly, we rethought business practices to include intelligent partnerships; and a culture of collaboration emerged where not only within a business organization but between small business, success came from working together with all voices heard. Then, the impact of Web 2.0 combined with the Millennials gaining a voice in the workplace gave rise to a whole series of new changes. We’ve watched a new paradigm of leadership in organizations emerge that is authentic, inclusive, respectful and collaborative – and it moved the emphasis away from control and pushing employees to influence and pull. That thinking was applied to relationships outside our own organization as well, as we struggle with marketing “with” rather than marketing “to” our customers – no matter what media we use to do that. And, most recently, as I shared in a past blog, existing theories of motivation are being challenged and a call has gone out to remake our business world with autonomy at the center.

As new ideas materialized – particularly in terms of collaboration, I have tried them out and for the most part, met with success, learning a lot along the way.

So, last week, Sue Peltier’s face2face blog in MeetingsNet definitely caught my attention. She was responding to an article in the Boston Globe called “The End of Office and the Future of Work”. The basic premise of the article was that as we move away from the old business model and into one where jobs change and the freelance world grows, you lose security, benefits, and the sense of belonging to a community.

And that creates a new need – that harkens back to before the world of corporations, big business, and unions – when workers, united by a common set of specialized work skills, combined elements of a social club and mutual aid society, in what was known as a guild. I would argue there are inklings of that thinking in our local ISES chapter – although still a little rough and not to the extent we include benefits.

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