FLAT COMPANIES HAVE NO CORNERS

WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU

In post-World War II America – during the years (1950’s) immediately following the war – America became the world’s manufacturing powerhouse. Unlike Russia, Japan, and most European countries, the United States was the only major combatant nation not to have experienced field combat and massive bombing raids that other countries endured between 1939 and 1945. As a result, the United States was left with its manufacturing infrastructure intact. While it took some time for American business leadership to switch from a production base that made bombers, tanks, and guns to one that made cars, refrigerators, and houses, by the late 1940’s, and well into the 1960’s, America’s economy was booming.

As factories that made goods and businesses that supported factory production grew by leaps and bounds, managers in those companies realized that the old model of slow cultivation of the worker population was no longer going to be effective. As a result, at some point in the 1960’s, the (often unwritten) rules of management began to change. Since then, the speed of change has dramatically increased.

Today, if you are lucky enough to get a job offer in an established company, and you choose to accept the offer, you will likely enter a work world where companies are flatter than ever before. Flat companies have few managers and workers are expected to manage themselves and their personal output in terms of quality, quantity, and on-time delivery.

This will be a major adjustment and significant challenge for any young adult who has little experience. That’s why internships – starting in high school and as many as you can secure over the years – matter so much. The more you know going in, the faster you will achieve success.

Teens who have successfully completed an internship in high school are more likely to be offered internships in college. And internships in college often lead to a job offer within the company in which they intern. In fact, many companies ‘test’ potential employees for full-time positions by carefully watching the performance of college students as they perform their duties as interns.

However, none of this is as easy to do as it is to say – you will need to work very hard to earn the success you want.

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