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by possibly noteworthy at 8:06 am EDT, Jun 30, 2009
Tracing the parallel histories of the American megachurch and the corporate-organizational complex.
Steve Bellovin et al:
Architecture matters a lot, and in subtle ways.
Managers have to learn to ask every few years of every process, every product, every procedure, every policy: "If we did not do this already, would we go into it now knowing what we now know?" If the answer is no, the organization has to ask, "So what do we do now?" And it has to do something, and not say, "Let's make another study."
The fault is not in organization, in short; it is in our worship of it. It is in our vain quest for a utopian equilibrium, which would be horrible if it ever did come to pass; it is in the soft-minded denial that there is a conflict between the individual and society. There must always be, and it is the price of being an individual that he must face these conflicts. He cannot evade them, and in seeking an ethic that offers a spurious peace of mind, thus does he tyrannize himself.
If you're not allowed to implement new ideas, you stop having them.
Paul Bloom on Robert Wright:
God has mellowed.