In today’s world, we are moving away from top-down patriarchal organizations, where a few people take responsibility for the success of the business, to a much more bottom-up, self-managing organizational structure. In this new organization, everyone takes responsibility for the success of the business and participates in both its rewards and its decision-making process.
However, despite the best of intentions, people in the organization block their own progress.
Moving from patriarchy to partnership requires navigating two journeys simultaneouslythe system journey and the personal journey. Historically, we have spent most of our attention on changing the system and relatively little on the profound personal changes required of people at every level. We have tried to change organizational culture as if it is somehow separate from ourselves. We try to change it and not us. However, the deeper work of change is internal. It has to do with the part of us that needs control and the part of us that hangs onto dependency. The deeper work is discovering how we personally contribute to the very culture we are trying to change.
Discover a model for changing beliefs, enabling managers to more fully embody the principles of a new system in their behavior by reading The Leadership Circle’s whitepaper Pathways to Partnership. Understanding this model is essential in accelerating organizational change by helping managers at all levels gain insight into the nature of their character structures. Additional white papers can also be downloaded on our White Papers page.