Wednesday, September 19, 2007

“Loosen Up” was the title, but it was the tease line—“When chaos is creative”—that pulled me in to read the article length review in The Christian Century. It was a thought-stimulating presentation of the strengths of decentralized organizations. Much of the article dealt with the relevance to church denominations. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations is the name of the book. In starfish organizations (decentralized) things like knowledge, responsibility, innovation, and motivation are shared throughout the organization. I have trouble picturing “leaderless” as a good thing, but I saw the point of what was said about the starfish and things like trust, tolerance, and even ambiguity.


Blogger Michael said...

This makes me think of a class discussion recently. It was about how one way to avoid corruption is to have a decentralized government. That seems to apply to both governments and denominations.

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