I connected some random thoughts and I would love to know your opinion.
We think we are very modern and enlightened. And this might be true to a certain extend, but in many ways we are stuck in the eighteen hundreds. We are only now leaving the industrial revolution behind us. And in this period we designed the organizational systems we are now struggling with. All large companies and organizations where based on exploitation of people and/or resources... and they still are.
In "the West" people have experienced a very long period without any plaques, hunger and wars. People have been educated and have more free time than ever before. This has allowed us to develop a common and widely shared vision on what life should be like, what we are entitled to, what is fairness, honesty, freedom and how we should govern ourselves.
This vision obviously collides with the way businesses treat us and the planet we live on. We don't accept the way organizations threat us, lie to us in advertisements, poison us if there are no laws stoping them. We don't like how managers earn stupendous amounts of money but are too ignorant to give their customers good service or even acceptable service…. or service at all… and coincidentaly traditional resources are disappearing. Any way you look at it, we hit rock-bottom.
But our systems and the incentives money, influence, power, status-quo are still in place and still dictate the way organizations and the people working in organizations behave.
The new are will be one where new incentives, values, will have to start replacing the old ones. I think this is the battle we are fighting now. What do you think?
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