Can Organizations Learn? LO16483

John Zavacki (
Sat, 10 Jan 1998 18:57:00 -0500

Replying to LO16445 --

At says:

>Maybe we have in "Strong Followership" a new exciting thread.
>I believe that both "Strong Leadership" and "Strong Followership" are
>vitally important to any organisation. That is why I am so keen on
>promoting creativity for all humans. Now how the heck did I connect these
>two "-ship"s to creativity?
>The postfix "-ship" is part of the Anglo-Saxon heritage of English. It is
>derived from the Saxon verb "schiepen" which means create. (My own
>germanic language Afrikaans has part of its roots in Saxon. Our word for
>create is "skep".) Thus for me "strong leadership" and "strong
>followership" means "creative leader" and "creative follower".
>Unfortunately, "creative follower" appears to be a contradiction
>(oxymoron) for most people. However, even if appears to be wierd to most
>of you, I firmly believe that what we need most in the coming age, are
>"creative followers". This is what I work for.

Once again, At has broken a paradigm and created and interesting, exciting
new one. Perhaps the use of etymology, as At uses it, would help us all to
understand what it is we're really trying to say here. Senge uses the
Chinese pictograph for learning in some of his presentations as a
wonderfully graphic method for giving understanding of the cycle of
discovery, development, documentation, and deployment of knowledge. The
power of historical linguistics is an important tool in our LO repertoire.



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