Hierarchies must lead the charge to replace themselves with heterarchies or responsible autonomy.
In politics the world has largely abandoned hierarchy for democracy. In family life, hierarchical patriarchy is no longer acceptable. In the book, The Three Ways of Getting Things Done (2005), the late Gerard Fairtlough asks: when will organizations get with it and abandon the practice of making key decisions based on authority rather than competence?
Hierarchy, it says, is not just a bad habit: it’s an addiction.
When will our organizations kick the addiction?