I’ve not yet read that, but it sounds like a fascinating perspective.
As I’ve thought more and more about the technology that has served and shaped our species, I realize that the underlying “technology” is the frameworks we use to organize our Collective efforts. Different methods of organization have led us to differing levels of innovation and progress. The immense advancement we’ve seen in the last 50–60 years, I believe, is a testament to the fact that we’re getting better and better at organizing based on principles that encourage exploration, creativity, and recombination.
I’ll counter-recommend LaLoux’s “Reinventing Organizations”. Not only is it a great read about how self-management can work in all sorts of organizations, the first section succinctly describes several of these organizational methods and how they’ve played out in history, including rule-by-force.
I had another colleague call me her “boss” yesterday and I nearly spit out my lunch. She laughed and goes, “I know. I know. You hate that word.” I told her, “I don’t hate the word, I hate the concept!”
I’ve been chided for “not wanting to be the boss” or “being afraid to be the boss” by other colleagues with comparable experience under their belts. It entertains me to think that they see my viewpoint as a fear or an area for development, rather than a well-considered principle.
Still, I’d rather inspire than command. The results are less predictable, but far more rewarding for everyone involved.