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Next Generation Issues of Work Published: Sunday, March 29, 1998 By: Dr. Manuel Angel Morales

There are five issues leaders and organizations need to face to achieve the transformation to the next millennium:

  • Technology
  • Globalization
  • Acceleration of change
  • Cooperation
  • Freedom

The first issue is technology and automation, meaning, specifically, information and communications technology, space exploration, nuclear energy, robotics, computer-assisted functions, biotechnology and so forth. Resistance to technology is based on a presumed loss of jobs, ignorance about what technology really is and what it can do, blind prejudice about change, dangers of dehumanization, and the fear it will neglect human depth and feelings. If manage properly, technology can be used for many self- improvement projects, in the elimination of hunger and illiteracy, in the strengthening of world justice, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of everyday living.

The second issue impacting politics, business, science, arts and the professions is globalization as a spillover from technology and painting to an increasing interdependence of political, social, economic (labor, capital, energy, knowledge, management) and intellectual (world views, religion, political theory) currents. It is no longer possible to say in which country an automobile is built, or to set fiscal policy in one nation alone, or to set energy policy and ecological standards in one country without considering others, The message is that leaders, educators and organizations must always think globally, as a new mindset and a series of expectations of how problems are to be conceptualized as it is information, knowledge and experience. Leadership in a global world requires the skills of integrating the system of organizations.

The third task for the transition to the next millennium is coping with accelerating change. Change alone is difficult enough, but its acceleration is even more threatening. Organizations today are fast- paced; to delay is to be left behind. The specific issues of change are not equally timely. Of the biggest changes, there are the threat to the environment, the stocks market`s volatility, currency fluctuations, developments in European and Middle Eastern politics (including the asiatic countries), increasing debts, the emergence of newly industrialized economies, the continuing breakup of the nuclear family, the erosion of the values of commitment and hard work, and drug addiction as evidence that some people cannot cope with everyday life.

The new challenges relate to the forth issue, which is cooperation as overcoming alienation, learning to work and live together, taking the initiative to support one another. Cooperation is the task of creating strategic dialogues among people and taking a strong position on eliminating violence. It means to manage the tribal, gregarious and territorial instincts and restore the ethics of teamwork.

The fifth task is for increasing democratic freedom as the direction of future history. People must be encouraged to experience the natural success of their ethical business commitments, skills and knowledge sets.

By educating the minds of people and developing the adequate organizational cultures for coping with the next generation issues of work, the journey through life could be a better one. nning team.

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