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Beth Comstock, vice chair at General Electric, believes humankind is entering the “Emergent Era” – the time that falls between the crumble of long-standing social, political and economic institutions and the rise of whatever will replace them. Comstock has a warning for businesses: If you want to keep up with the changing times, you need to embrace new tools and decision-making processes. To help you adapt, she has come up with a useful list of ways companies can move forward. getAbstract recommends this report to business leaders and HR managers looking for ways to empower employees and streamline processes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the “Emergent Era” entails,
  • Why companies need to replace “hierarchy and bureaucracy” with a “radically open communication system,” and
  • Why employee empowerment is critical.

About the Author

Beth Comstock is the vice chair at General Electric. She is also a member Nike’s board of directors and is trustee president of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum .



To adjust to the “Emergent Era,” heed six tips: Information flow is paramount – Today, “hierarchy and bureaucracy” are liabilities; they hide essential information from people who need it. Imagine an ant colony: If you took away the “pheromone trails” left by each ant, the...

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