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In the land of self-organizing teams, the corporate politician is king

The idea that managers are going to save us all is a twentieth-century fad that nobody mentions in polite company anymore. ‘Leadership’ was supposed to save us from management, but (despite our best efforts) most people don’t seem to be able to simultaneously embody Genghis Khan, Gandhi, and Steve Jobs. Today’s fad is the ‘self-organizing team’ — although exactly how self-organizing these teams are supposed to be is questionable: searching for “self organizing teams” yields the delightful headline “Self-Organizing Teams Don’t Just Happen by Chance”. (And yet, if they don’t happen by themselves, are they really self-organizing?)

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Nick Argall is an organization engineer, structuring activities to help businesses achieve their goals.

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