inkwell.vue.274 : Jeff Angus, "Management by Baseball"
permalink #101 of 103: Credo, Ergo Dubito (robertflink) Thu 15 Jun 06 20:54
    
Makes sense.  Any speculation as to why people want to escape
accountability?  Perhaps it is, in part, a realization that the gap
between perception and reality is sufficient in many situations so as
to make politics and attendant spin more "real" than reality.  
  
inkwell.vue.274 : Jeff Angus, "Management by Baseball"
permalink #102 of 103: Jeff Angus (jeff-angus) Tue 20 Jun 06 08:46
    
Credo said:
¿Any speculation as to why people want to escape accountability?
++++

Sure...almost a universal gravitational field. W/o accountability you
can pretty much do what you feel like -- if it works out, one can take
credit, and if it doesn't one can point the finger at someone else.

Angus' First Law of Organisational Dynamics says "All human systems
tend to be self-amlifying", and org with accountbaility sluffers will
tend to attract mroe such types and the behavior will be become more
pronounced over time. 

I suspect you know The Tragedy of the Commons (If not, link below)
http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/articles/art_tragedy_of_the_commons.html

Most organizations operate as Commons. And as Hardin says "Conscience
Is Self-Eliminating", and synonyms to "Conscience" are "Accountability"
or "Integrity". Krazy-gluing accountability is the fix.

If you haven't read Hardin's system view before, or haven't thought
about it as an analogue for organization behavior, I think it's worth
playing with. If you do, please share your thoughts.
  
inkwell.vue.274 : Jeff Angus, "Management by Baseball"
permalink #103 of 103: Cupido, Ergo Denego (robertflink) Wed 21 Jun 06 05:46
    
Great First Law.  Must be something about them there humans. 

Thanks for steering me to Hardin's work. I notice some reference to
Max Weber including his essay "Politics as a vocation" which is on
line.  Per my reading, Weber would have liked MBB.  

I'll read more Hardin and comment. 
  



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