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Management and Leadership

 

 

In planning for ‘the future’, much of our human focus continues to be on prescriptive ‘forward-thinking’ or ‘strategic thinking’, which relies heavily upon projecting an historical record of the past into a trajectory that extends beyond the here and now. Trends are identified and short- and long-term objectives are set. These ‘targets’ and ‘best practices’ are aimed for to set in motion a linear progression along chains of cause and effect. This progression is always viewed in a fixed, 3-dimensional framework that treats space and time as independent background constants.

 

Based on such objective rationality a form of management and leadership arises based on imposing hierarchical power as ‘command and control’. Collectively or individually, ‘Man’ assumes dominion over his fellows and Nature, only to succumb when what is inescapably beyond ‘His’ local vision and influence ‘rebels’.