The corporate world is changing. The inequality many of us have been familiar with for generations no longer has a place on the corporate playing field. Women and other minorities are slowly becoming more commonly seen at the top of corporate ladders. There are, of course, many factors at play in making that so, but I think the rise in the use of technology is helping to pave the way for such differences on the corporate playing field.
Technology doesn't discriminate. Technology doesn't care about your gender or about the color of your skin. It doesn't care about how successful you've been in the past. It has enormous democratizing power. People who, in a different time, would have been considered unqualified, now write blogs and have millions of followers and are considered experts in fields that they've never before studied, all because of how they engage with people. The way we all engage is the only thing technology cares about. With the democratization of social power because of technology, the corporate landscape is changing.
Technology influences everything we do, from personal decisions to how to run a business. We rely on technology to tell us where to eat, what to name our dogs, which marketing trends to follow, how to interact with our followers. The corporate world is now fluid and dynamic; it’s a living, breathing infrastructure in which hierarchy and assembly lines are no longer pertinent. We hire people now based on how they communicate and engage, and hiring is not so strictly based on resumes and master’s degrees. I was recently told that my kids will have an average of five careers in their lifetimes, and that the jobs they’ll have don’t even exist yet. That’s how quickly and drastically things are changing. It no longer makes sense to be locked into one career, climbing your way up the ladder in one field until you've mastered it. We want creative thinkers, revolutionists, people who want to engage and change the world. And technology is paving the way for those people, the underdogs who maybe didn't even go to college, to rise to the top and prove their worth because they are going to be the ones who will guide a business toward success.
A successful business is like a successful movie. It’s not necessarily the movie that everyone loved, or that made the most money at the box office. A good movie is one that sparks conversations and urges people to reevaluate themselves and each other, to view the world a little bit differently; it stirs people up and causes people to question. It’s entirely about engagement. A successful business is one that engages its supporters and the world around them. A successful business is transparent and honest. It tears down the red tape and communicates directly with its audience. Technology gives us the ability to tell our stories to the masses, unmasked, and it lets us reach as many as we can. It lets us climb to the top of any corporation, or build an enormous following, not based on our credentials, but based on who we are, really. All because technology does not discriminate. Technology is the great equalizer.