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Enterprises are seeing a quantum jump in the number of consumer tech devices that employees carry to work everyday. Plenty of companies view this change warily.

“How many IT organizations do you know that are still looking to prevent the entry of consumer technology in how they lead and drive the use of technology within their companies? – a huge percentage,” Morello says. The big fear for many companies is that these devices represent a security threat, and in general lack the controllability that corporations crave.

Yes this is a self-defeating strategy within companies. “Any organization that believes that it can quell or reduce or eliminate the consumer behavior and consumer technology that [employees] can afford and use is unreasonable,” she says.

In reality, “Consumer technology brings in a whole new way that people can start to identify how corporations provide information to their employees.”

Business Reconfiguration

Outsourcing. Partnerships. Consolidation. Expansion. Mergers and acquisitions. IT companies morph and change as often as some organisms inhale oxygen.

Notes Morello: “What you will not see is a period of guaranteed stability.” No indeed. Business reconfiguration isn’t likely to lessen anytime soon.

This doesn’t mean that top talent will change employers as often as players in a game of musical chairs (though it sometimes seems that way). But it does mean that companies need to evolve toward a culture that is comfortable with change.

Whether this change is accomplished by creating a flexible roadmap, or stressing constant learning, isn’t the point. There are several ways to encode flexibility into the corporate culture.

The point is that this move toward adapting to ceaseless evolution must take place. If not, “All of this reconfiguration leaves many people – including and perhaps mostly – managers, really poorly positioned to figure out what they can be doing,” Morello says.

In short, “the organization’s processes, principles and practices need to be defined for flexibility as opposed to the status quo.”

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