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My Steam Engine is Broken by Dr. Mark Powell, Jonathan Gifford

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CHAPTER 7

IN PRAISE OF ANARCHY

WHY CORPORATE DEMOCRACY IS NOT THE ANSWER

Many business thinkers have suggested that what organizations need is more democracy: that the solution to the screaming-out-loud problem of all the old-fashioned, steam-engine, command-and-control, scientific-management nonsense is to make the organization more democratic.

This sounds like a wonderful idea if you say it quickly and don’t think about it too much. Isn’t that what we all want? If you’re tired of being pushed around by your numbskull of a boss – the one with the emotional intelligence of a hyena who believes that fear and micro-management are his most useful leadership tools (he sure gets around, that boss; we keep meeting him) – then, yes, you would like a ...

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