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Many managers see their organisation as ‘money making machines’. I have no problem with the ‘money making’ part, but I get concerned about the ‘machine’ part. Because they see it as a machine, they treat it like a machine. They see nothing wrong with ‘reengineering’, ‘downsizing’, ‘tinkering’ or ‘fitting people into boxes’. If they think about people at all, it’s about trying to control, limit and organise effort. They see it as an ‘entity’; independent and largely separate from the environment or outside world. They focus on the various bits (processes, machines, systems) rather than the whole. It’s the stuff of silos and politics. They look like the diagram below.
Others see their organisation in a quite different way, more aligned to the view of a living system. Or what I call a Beanbag.
The Cooperative and Collaboration process gives managers the skills and attitudes required to manage successfully in an organisation structured more like a bean bag. Just imagine the additional value they could add if they were organised like a bean bag!