Social futures LO7603 ("")
Sat, 25 May 1996 12:43:03 +0000

Replying to LO7592 --

On Fri, 24 May 1996 16:03 Dr Ilfryn Price wrote -
> Joan
> I follow your posts to the LO list with interest but have problems. The
> following extracts [from three messages in the same digest] occur to me,
> as somonone who fervently believes in what she does, encouraging the
> captain of the Titanic to motivate everyone to go even faster.
> ==================
> > I believe very strongly that changing the status quo of business is
> vital
> > to changing society, and that the creation of a more just, more humane
> > society cannot come about without fundamental changes in our assumptions
> > concerning paid work (this is not to suggest, though, that this is the
> > only system that must be changed, only that it is one of several
> critical
> > ones).
> Please tell us what these "assumptions concerning paid work" are that we
> must change. I actually don't personally have any today and never have had
> any so I am at a loss over the issue. It has always seemed to me that
> people who are willing to work will have the most success and those who
> come with requirements to lay on the boss will have less success.
> ==================
> ==================
> On social futures, unemployed etc.
> The Sky is NOT Falling and the future is brighter than ever, Joan
> =================
> =================
> On change
> My group has a proven prescription for creating and sustaining this value
> based culture of highly motivated, committed and creative people who love
> coming to work because they trust and deeply respect how the place is
> being run.
> =============
> The last quote stikes me as an oxymoron. You cannot prescribe my
> commitment. You might prescribe how I get my [actually a] dog committed to
> chasing balls. What am I [or you] missing?


I was unable to discern what you wanted to know concerning the first two
of quotes. The first was an attempt to get the originator to tell us what
"our assumptions concerning paid work" actually are since the phrase had
no obvious meaning to me. The second was my view of where the world is
headed as compared to the fears expressed by the originator's note.

Re your comment that I cannot prescribe your commitment, you are
absolutely correct. But as a boss, I control whether or not you will be
committed to work. There are a set of actions which will make you
uncommitted to work, even if you are a strong and independent person, and
there are different set of actions by which a boss can cause you to become
highly commtted to their work. Bosses cannot motivate people, they can
only release them to the power of their own motivations such that others
will think them "highly motivated".

The prescription to which I referred was not one which prescribes your
commitment, but one which prescribes the actions (including the reasons
for them) which a boss must take to cause his/her people to become

Sorry for having confused the issue. If there is an issue associated with
the first two quotes, I'd be happy to respond.

Regards, Joan
Joan Pomo The Finest Tools for Managing People
Simonton Associates Based on the book "How to Unleash the Power of People"


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