Reforming our Organisations

According to Peter Block, the best hope for reforming our organizations lies in reshaping the politics of our work lives — how we each define purpose, hold power, and balance wealth. In practical terms, this involves nine principles:

  1. Maximizing the choices for those closest to the work
  2. Eliminating management classes by reintegrating the managing and the doing of the work — ”no one would be able to make a living simply planning, watching, controlling, or evaluating the actions of others”
  3. Allowing measurements and controls to serve the core workers by means of, among other things, team and peer agreements
  4. Yielding on consistency across groups and supporting local solutions
  5. Making service the highest priority
  6. Deglorifying management job titles and demystifying staff functions
  7. Eliminating secrecy in the organization
  8. Demanding a firm commitment from each participant with the recognition that freedom and accountability “are in every case joined at the hip”
  9. Redistributing wealth since “reward systems need to tie everyone’s fortunes to the success of the team, unit, and larger organization”

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