Unlearning & Dialogue LO31070

From: Mark W. McElroy (mmcelroy@vermontel.net)
Date: 04/28/04

Replying to LO31048 --


I agree with you, but I think what you say doesn't go far enough. In
the Open Enterprise, free speech and openness without risk of
retribution calls for protection by the governance function, including
in the form of an Ombudsman who reports to the board, and not to the
executive function to whom the rest of the free speakers do. That
way, people can be true to their ideas even as they are true to their
contractual obligations, without the former resulting in interference
with the latter.



Mark W. McElroy
Co-Director, Center for the Open Enterprise (aka, KMCI) (www.kmci.org)
CEO, Macroinnovation Associates, LLC (www.macroinnovation.com)
(802) 436-2250

>>Free speech is the right to speak. Even in the most open
>>organization, it does not mean the right to speak without
>>ramifications. Although there are no "legal" ramifications, there can
>>be many others. In order to get to free speech, you have to begin
>>with openness, which leads to honesty, which in turn, leads to trust.
>>Once (if ever) this is established, you may have free speech. And yet,
>>the behaviors which create the need for unlearning may never be
>>changed in some. Not even the greatest of the prophets have convinced
>>everyone, so we, the agents of change, the leaders of the learning
>>organization, must always keep an eye out for holdouts, resistors,
>>passive acceptance, etc. and our ears open for the ramifications of
>>our openness, honesty, and trust. No worries, just attention.


"Mark W. McElroy" <mmcelroy@vermontel.net>

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