Newsletter: What Are the Unwritten Rules of Your Hierarchy?

September 24, 2014

Seth Mattison explains…

The Unwritten Rules of the Hierarchy

Every day we read another article or media post about this new-networked world we live in. Digitally charged and hyper connected, it grants access to information and influence, innovation and collaboration. They say the future of work is here and now.

However, what’s often overlooked is that the structures and the culture of the hierarchy still exist. And these two worlds are at battle with each other, though most of us are completely unaware of it.

A diagram of each is below.

Workplace Cultures

My friends, we are living in a half-changed world. 

The modern workplace, as progressive as it thinks it is, still holds tight to unwritten rules of the hierarchy; rules around communication and etiquette, policies and procedures.

For example, one of the most well-known and universally understood unwritten rules is: Don’t go above your boss’s head!

However, as the workforce of the future continues to flood the ranks of organizations, it’s becoming clear they do not see the world through the same lens. In fact, they’re unaware of most of the unwritten rules that are so innately understood by more experienced generations.  They are, in truth, living in the network.

These two worlds are playing out in every single organization today.

Unfortunately, neither side really understands the other and the rules they’re playing by, which creates massive tension. I think it’s time to have some honest conversations about what this transformation means for our cultures.

It’s time to shine a light on our unwritten rules and decide which we want to keep and which we’re ready to let go of as we step forward into this new world of work. Because it’s not about out with the old and in with the new. To win in this new half-changed world requires us to meet people where they are, without losing who we are.

Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics


Be Brave, Take Risks, Break Barriers

November 13, 2013

From the National Speakers Bureau ~ Email National Speakers Bureau

Nicholas Boothman tells people how with a couple of 30-second bursts of insane courage and a few small steps you can change your life forever – by the end of the week…

You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with, your health and welfare are a product of where you spend your time, and your horizons are obscured by your routines. With a few 30-second bursts of insane courage you can change all this. Here are a few small steps.


Starting today, arrange to have coffee with five different people (one a day), three you know vaguely and two you don’t know at all. See where it leads. Accept all reasonable invitations that spring from it.



Starting today, make finding new places and spaces a priority. Attend a free event – check out your local Time Out, Now, Today Magazine or equivalent, they hold fountains of opportunities. Take a class, join a group, a team. Visit places close by you’ve never seen, take a bus, a train, stay in a B&B in a new city, village or country. The number of people you know will increase dramatically along with your pool of energy and resources. You’ll probably even have fun while you’re at it.


Today, list your routines then change them. Starting right away, take a different route to work (or if you usually drive take transit), change supermarkets, park in inconvenient spots, sit somewhere different in meetings, use stairs instead of elevators, go for walks after meals, change your hairstyle.


Make your plans and follow through with them. You’ll be surprised at the results.

We are not limited by what we are capable of doing, but by what we are willing to try. Our willingness to take risks gives us access to unlimited opportunity, but often we let imaginary barriers stand in the way. Sometimes these imaginary barriers need to be broken down – other times you can just change into a butterfly and fly right over them.

For more on Nicholas Boothman, visit her page.

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