“Management,” says the speaker “is about people.” He pauses, slowly surveying the roomful of executives, and then continues. “It is about getting the most out of people, about motivating extraordinary performance.” The speaker is a famous management guru. His provocative presentations command high fees and the rapt attention of his audience. Looking around me, I see heads nod slightly in agreement. Something about those nods sparks a quick mental image of a preacher reminding his congregation that God loves us all. The guru’s audience, like the preacher’s congregation, nods in agreement at the repetition of something they already believe.
Let's do a simple mind experiment: suppose there is another parallel universe which started exactly the same as ours at 30000 B.C. Will they evolve the same management as we have today?
Thanks for the insightful post, Richard. I hope you can keep sharing your wisdom here and even some nuggets on Twitter too for maximum reach as more people would benefit of thinking this kind of thing through.
A short but insightful paper, on global progress of mankind as well as on management. The latter is a good contributor to the former. This has still to be taught to, approximately, one half of the Earth. Best regards