By Brook Manville
The "knowledge revolution" is broadly permitted, yet strategic leaders now speak of the logical subsequent step: the human capital revolution and the necessity to deal with an expert humans in a wholly diversified manner. The association of the longer term has to be not just nimble and versatile but additionally self-governing and values-driven. yet what's going to this destiny association appear like? and the way will it's led? during this considerate booklet, organizational professional Brook Manville and Princeton classics professor Josiah Ober recommend that the version for development the longer term association could lie deep some time past. The authors argue that historical Athenian democracy used to be an inventive strategy to organizing human capital in the course of the perform of citizenship. That historical answer holds profound classes for modern-day forward-thinking managers: they have to reconceive modern day "employees" as "citizens."Through this provocative case research of innovation and excellence lasting 200 years, Manville and Ober describe a stunning democratic association that empowered tens of hundreds of thousands of people to interact for either noble objective and hard-edged functionality. Their booklet deals undying guiding ideas for organizing and best a self-governing company. a special and compelling imagine piece, "A corporation of voters" will swap the way in which managers envision the management, values, and constitution of tomorrow's people-centered corporations.
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Spartan warriors were trained in military maneuvers from childhood; they lived in tight military brotherhoods and were feared for their single-minded dedication and skill at fighting Greek-style infantry battles. The elite Spartan shock-troops were supported on military campaigns by a much larger body of Greek soldiers, drawn from a Sparta-dominated partnership of cities in southern Greece (the Peloponnesian League). Unlike Athens, Sparta was not a democracy and refused to allow any of its partner cities to experiment with democracy as a form of government.
When we do kindnesses to others, we do not do them out of any calculations of profit or loss: we do them without afterthought, relying on our free liberality. Toward the end of the speech, Pericles compares Athens to a school—with a citizenship and way of life which serves to develop each of its members as a unique and gifted individual. Taking everything together then, I declare that our city is an education to Greece, and I declare that in my opinion each single one of our citizens, in all the manifold aspects of life, is able to show himself the rightful lord and owner of his own person, and do this, moreover, with exceptional grace and exceptional versatility.
Themistocles then played an important role in developing the Aegean network that soon became an Athenian empire. " He had no more authority than anyone else to order citizens around by managerial fiat. " Themistocles, like other democratic leaders, had to win over his fellow citizens by persuasion and vision, not command and control. Like some insightful leaders of today s peoplecentered firms, Themistocles' greatness as a leader was solidly based on his ability to build engagement among people by clearly aligning their best interest with that of the organization overall.