Rank without Privilege

If you start to embrace the right use of power, then you begin to redistribute privilege as well, and this is a very tender area. Holding on to privilege is an act of self-interest, the antithesis of service and stewardship. Sending ownership and responsibility down to the people close to the work requires us to send privilege along, too.

What’s more, the redistribution of purpose, power, and privilege will have to take place with the involvement and consent of those who in some ways stand to lose the most, the managerial class. Examine any experiment in self-management or work redesign, and you will discover that some supervisor, middle manager, or executive chose to relinquish control and prerogatives in service of the ...

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