Archive for June, 2009

A new management for the new age…..

June 8, 2009

How many times have we heard that changing times need a change in management philosophies? Less macho, less aggressive, less focused on profit. More collaborative, more inclusive, more oriented towards quality for customers and emloyees…..

But nothing ever changes, does it? Why not? Because we’ve all been schooled to deliver – or tolerate – a particular style of management that is dictatorial and autocratic, even when it is dressed up as “participative,” or “inclusive” or even “democratic.” And we can always justify this by convincing ourselves that most people just want to be told what to do anyway: as Dostoyevsky put it, “If you took away our chains, we would all beg to be put back under discipline.” But how true is that? Over the next few weeks we will be publishing our thoughts on where the art and science of management is heading: for the rocks or for any port in a storm. We’ll see……..