Three pitfalls of self-management (part 2)
Lisa Gill
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This is why I prefer the term “self-organization.” All organizations manage themselves, the question is whether their management structures are based on static roles and policies, or on fluid dynamics betweeen people. In certain situations, people will want to self-organize into a rather hierarchical management pattern — just tell us what to do. When the crisis is over, they will want to spread out the relational dynamics, and test out different patterns of relating. When we make “self-managing” an ideology, rather than an option in a range of patterns available in human organizing, we make the same mistake as when we make hierarchical power an ideology — we cut off the natural, evolutionnary genius in human relating, and we create organizations that are less responsive to shifting contexts and conditions. Thanks for the article

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