Ethan McCarty

Digital strategy | Social business | People-centric biznology

As ‘roles’ disappear, invest in skills and networks

I’ve thought this way about my career for a long time…that the “role” I have at any given time is much less important than the work I can do and my understanding of & connection to a strong network.

What’s really going on? In a simple phrase our organizations have become a “network of teams,” and they no longer function well in the functional hierarchy of the past. The concept of a formal “job” with a job description is starting to go away. We now hire people to do “work;” we source them for skills and capabilities (not necessarily credentials); and we manage people around projects, customers, and products, not “roles.”

The quote is from “Robotics, AI And Cognitive Computing Are Changing Organizations Even Faster Than We Thought.” Hat tip to Ted Bauer (The Context of Things) for sharing the link.

2 responses to “As ‘roles’ disappear, invest in skills and networks

  1. Dan Dreifort March 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    The skills/role distinction might be the crux of our disagreement about the future viability of human SEO practitioners? …I see the role changing constantly; what I do today is completely different than what I did a decade ago, yet I’m still an SEO. I still affect the same needles, albeit using a different M.O.

  2. Ethan McCarty March 20, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Fair enough — though I was thinking more about large organizations.

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