Changing Another Person LO19913

Roy Benford (
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 08:40:20 +0000

Replying to LO19885 --

Eugene Taurman wrote:

> Rick asked:
> >Can one person determine what another person is to hold as belief? And, if
> >so, is it ethical to do so?
> You bet. The boss determines what people believe is important to the
> organization and to their own success. He or She do it whether or not they
> know or have expressed their own beliefs.
> They do it by way of the questions asked and the agendas established.
> Formal meeting agendas and the agenda he or she has when meeting people
> around the organization. This stated or unstated agenda is setting
> priorities for behavior and the way associates use their time between
> meetings with the "boss".
> The saddest part about it is that the boss can be completely unconscious
> of this power and it still happens. There are of course exceptions. Some
> people leave, some complain but most never question the priorities set by
> the official leaders for their mind or time.
> Cultures are so powerful that those who do not fit leave. Strong culture
> organizations have high turnover rates for new hires. Witness 3M and
> Quadgraphics to name two. Culture is not necessarily the legacy of one CEO
> but the combining of many each in sequence influencing the next.
> It is not a matter of removing rights of any one person but it simply
> happens as long as the persons's core values are not attacked. Those that
> do not fit leave or chose to subject themselves to an inner conflict.

This is a good description of how some organisations work. But is good
for the worker's life and for the organisation's life and for the human
race? Or is it just good for the boss's life?

Roy Benford
Fulmer, UK


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