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The New Leadership Literacies by Bob Johansen

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CHAPTER 6

Moving Toward a Future of Distributed Authority

IN THE NEAR FUTURE, MANY TRADITIONAL HIERARCHIcal structures will bend and break. Lots of diverse partners will come together in new ways to create new kinds of organizational structures that will be more fluid and less rigid. While this will feel like a radically new future, and in some ways it is a radically new future, there are deep roots in the past. The future that is about to happen has been brewing for a very long time.

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Most things we think are new are not really new. Almost everything that happens was tried and failed years before—often in Silicon Valley. My advice: don’t ask, “What’s new?” because if something is truly new, ...

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