It's not just semantics LO6499

Dr. Scott J. Simmerman (
07 Apr 96 23:23:53 EDT

Replying to LO6394 --

One last thought for me on this thread of empowerment we've been playing
with. After excessive consideration about the semantics, let me offer
this as a woking definition, and you can quote me on this:

"Empowerment implies individualistic forbearance pyramided upon a
congruent pragmatic organizational ideology. Success requires
vertically-oriented ethical integrity barren of innuendo and rhetoric;
desired behaviors must be imbricated in and linked to transparently
luminous operational alignment and flexible interdepartmental

Cosmetic Empowerment: "Yes, but..."

In a serious vein, the best working definition I ever heard was this one:

"Empowerment is an invitation for responsible initiative."
Steve Ewing, President of Michigan Natural Gas

Sorry about the first one; but I just couldn't help myself,

For the Fun of It!

BTW, on Monday, I'm 48 years old. I was born on 4/8/48 and this is '96,
or two times my age. Any thoughts?


Scott Simmerman Performance Management Company, Taylors SC USA 29687-6624

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