LO a means or an end? LO6584

Dr Ilfryn Price (101701.3454@compuserve.com)
Tue, 9 Apr 1996 17:02:37 -0400

Replying to LO6456 --

Terri you said [responding to my LO6316

>What is it with all of this machismo stuff? The cowboy/cattle/herd
metaphor is a bit offending to me. While I realize that some of these
comments (If's, I hope) are being said somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I think
they convey ideas that do indeed roll around within too many people's
meaning schemes.

Thank you for the recognition. I was trying tongue in cheek to make the
same point. I just hadn't got the image of rolling in a meaning scheme.


>All the "hootin and hollerin" has pretty much gotten us to the dominant
organizational paradigm which we see today, SNIP. Maybe it's time to drop
the cowboy/herd metaphors, or the team one for that matter as well
(another machismo, competitive term), and see what other options are out

Again I agree but lets recognize a lot of folk infected by and succesful
under the hoootin and hollerin paradigm not only don't see the 'problem'
but would not want to. The paradigm creates a structure for its own
preservation [This is the nature of paradigms - David Hull's Science as a
Process is a detailed exposition stuffed with impecable data].

You hint at the conveyance of paradigms in the language we use. Maybe
'team' is not the only one to challenge. How about we invent a new term
for 'mamangement' on the basis that the old one is steeped in a limiting
meaning scheme. ANY STARTERS FOR TEN?

There is for me a link here to the conversation concerning the challenges
facing management development especially Rol Fessenden LO 6500 replying to
Mike Mcmaster LO6482.

If Price
The Harrow Partnership
Pewley Fort Guildford UK


Dr Ilfryn Price <101701.3454@compuserve.com>

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