41 minutes | Jan 12th 2021

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Organizations are stuck. Far too often, they think about work in a mechanical way that limits their ability to adapt and rapidly innovate. As we’ve discovered over the last year, work is an ever-evolving experience, says Paul Miller, CEO of Digital Workplace Group. And that requires an organization that can evolve alongside it. Digital transformation is part of that story, but it’s not all of it.  We’re not just moving into a digital age but into a “living age,” Paul says, and the next chapter calls for companies to think of themselves not as machines but rather as a living and breathing organism. In this episode, Paul and his colleague Shimrit Janes share the insights from their new book, “Nature of Work: The New Story of Work for a Living Age.” Highlights of the conversation include: Why we need a new, nature-based vocabulary to talk about work. How to move from a hierarchical, mechanistic structure to a more agile, organic one. Why organizations can’t ignore politics and ignore the society and environment around them at their own peril. The unifying power of purpose beyond mission and vision statements. The journey from factory to forest is a gradual one, but the past year of transformation has planted the seeds of organizations' future, Paul and Shimrit say.  Plus, co-hosts Siobhan Fagan and Mike Prokopeak talk about what the Wood Wide Web is and use an embarrassing number of puns to set up today’s episode. Curious? Well, don’t make like a tree and leave just yet. Listen in to find out more.
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