The concept used to be that you had a boss and that boss would have people working below them and doing what they asked. These people came to work, did a job, hit a quota, and went home. As the years progressed, some folks worked even harder and moved up a ladder in increments and a hierarchy was formed. If you work and do what the boss asks and even do extra work, then you someday may be where the boss is.
The net has completely changed this.
Now there are things that are outsourced, you can work from home, you have the choice to be your own boss. The hierarchy has shifted completely. So what do we do now?
Stop looking up.
The boss will no longer have all the answers, they're looking down at us to be innovators. We are heading into a time when you are either an innovator or you'll work for one, so the question you want to ask now is which will it be?
There have been times when I have met with people who are working on a project and I'll suggest they meet someone. The smart ones take the meeting, and the ones who have the most difficulty are the ones still living by the rules of the hierarchy. They believe that the only people you should talk to are people at the top, but you'd be amazed at how much sway someone at a mid-level or even at the (gasp) bottom may have. You never know which person who is at entry level right now may go on to found the next Google.
We're heading towards a future where connection will be the currency and we'll need everyone on the team more than ever, so take the time to look at your business and ask if you are living under pre-conceived notions of hierarchy. Ask how you can break out of those boundaries.
The world is waiting for you to innovate and connect
No matter what rung of the ladder you or anyone else is on.