Balancing Power

Partnership means to be connected to another in a way that the power between us is roughly balanced. Stewardship brings accountability into each act of governance and requires a balance of power between parties to be credible. When we talk of supplier-customer partnerships, of marketing-manufacturing-research partnerships, what we are seeking is to recognize the interdependence of the parties and replace control with cooperation. Partnership is the opposite of parenting, and when we are dealing with adults, people over eighteen years of age, stewardship and parenting do not mix. If there is no balance of power, then the name of stewardship is simply a new word for an old form of control, even though it may be a loving and caretaking ...

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