Ted Talks: 4 Ways To Build A Human Company In The Age Of Machines
During a recent TED conference, Tim Leberecht authoritatively stated that half of the human workforce would stand replaced by machines and software within the next two decades. Reason being that humans are complicated and unruly as opposed to the efficiency of machines. Tim said that the only work left for humans would be work that can be done beautifully and illustrated four “very subjective principles” that entrepreneurs must embrace in building beautiful, humane and, efficient companies.
Doing the unnecessary
Giving an example of Chobani, a yogurt company that granted share stock to its 2,00o employees, Tim explained how organizations could foster efficiency in their enterprises. He argued that the fact that awarding stock to the employees was unnecessary and caught them by surprise promotes ignites a level of attachment to the company and its management that machines can’t.
Tim mentioned that how individuals feel about their workplace and in effect, their productivity depends on their relationship with fellow employees. Tim thus explained how organizational intimacy that punctures the hierarchical bureaucracy that limiting interactions and efficiency can be broken through simple acts. A case in point in his illustration was how the Humanitarian Organization CARE was able to retain all its employees by promoting social bonds between them.
Being Ugly with truth
Tim criticized the beautiful workplaces being developed today that don’t have a workplace appeal. He called for authenticity and originality among the workforce and speaking of the ugly truth about the business operations and successes as the only path to turning around inefficiencies. He advocates for employees to ask questions “because things tend to get ugly when there’s only one meaning, one truth, only answers and no questions.”
Tim concluded by mentioning that the most beautiful organizations are just ideas with uncertain outcomes and but still worth fighting for. He said that they remain mysterious and imperfect only to surprise their initiators with impressive results through the journey if they are persistent enough not to take their eyes and focus on them.