Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Where you stand

Where you stand depends on where you sit
Richard Stengel
Editor, Time Magazine

Amen! When it's not your money, independent action looks pretty good. But, if the the independents are spending your money, governance looks a little different and perhaps a little better!

Actually, Stengel's point is that when you're outside the tent, and don't have responsibility for the consequences of your decisions, it's a lot easier to be a rebel. Inside the tent, things are a little different.

And, if you're an outsider who then finds themselves on the inside and responsible for lives and fortunes, things play a little differently.

It's easy to say "I'm the decider", but it only matters if in the deciding you are also taking responsibility for outcomes and consequences.

Think about it. Where you stand may well depend on where you sit.

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1 comment:

  1. John,

    The "decider" part can be extended to everything, thanks. For those in the agile community that talk about self organizing bottoms up, the "governance" of the business may have been missed.

    The "decider" appointed "Browny," to look have things. "Bronwy" lives in the foothills of Boulder County and had to be evacuated during a recent forest fire by the volunteer fire department. He didn't spend the night an a shelter, but did come in direct contact with those following through on the job of rescuing the less fortunate.

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