Saturday, January 21, 2012

Command hierarchy

I am opposed to command hierarchies (a pyramid of bosses with employees below) wherever they may be found. It's been known for a hundred years that groups can make better decisions than individuals can.  A better system (than command hierarchy) would be something like that described in Maverick by Ricardo Semler, Warner books, 1993. Democracy is both more ethical and more efficient than dictatorship. The workplace needs to be democratic. A country is not free if the workplace is not free. It's sad what we have to pass on to our children.
I suspect that even wars and armies would be better run by a general staff rather than a single field marshal.
Or, perhaps, a group might do better at avoiding war.

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