Partnership as the Alternative

Most of us know and experience daily the limitation of command and control. Part of the reason we continue to operate this way is that we are unsure of the alternative. This is because we have never experienced the alternative. The situation brings to mind G. K. Chesterton’s proposition that Christianity had not been tried and found wanting; rather, it had been wanted and never tried. Same with the alternative to patriarchy.

We are unsure what to even call what we are seeking. Employee engagement, empowerment, partnership, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, participative management. All have in common the wish to minimize bureaucracy, promote innovation and adaptation, and better serve clients and customers. The ...

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