Wheatley Dialogue LO10232

JC Howell (orgpsych@csra.net)
Sat, 28 Sep 1996 22:58:03 +0000

Replying to LO10200 --

In Wheatley Dialogue LO10200 Sheri Malouf wrote:

> Her challenge was --
> how do we take a system as a whole and approach change that way?

Interesting challenge. Please expand my understanding of this. If we
view the system as a whole and then attempt change, do we not have to
address the component pieces and the way each relates to the whole? Isn't
this a move back toward a reductionist approach?

>She says
> that the way to do this is through relationship, identity, and strength.
> Organizations are causing us to lose our identity -- and they are losing
> their identities. Loss of identity creates fear...

I wholeheartedly agree with the last part of this (trying to understand
the first part). As we sink deeper into the bureaucratic structure life
becomes increasingly murky. After a time we tend to become afraid to
raise our heads and become recognized because this would disturb the
murkiness and serve to further obscure our view of the world. Imagine
this metaphor as literally a murky lake. If you start thrashing about you
will first stir up the "murk" before you rise to the top and greater
clarity. It is easy to become disoriented and frightened even more when
our view becomes more distorted.


Clyde Howell orgpsych@csra.net

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