Sunday, September 18, 2011

What's Old is New (Again)

I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.

Upon first glace, quite an impressive and progressive line of thought.  It's the type we expect to see from those in tune with core concepts of Servant Leadership, currently becoming more and more recognized as the only really stable, and effective, style of leadership.  Even more impressive is to realize it was spoken by American Colonies supporter Edmund Burke, during the mid-18th Century.   

The value of inclusive opportunity within any group setting has been around since at least Burke's time, perhaps back as far as time itself.  Why, then, do we still find, and even dreadfully encourage, domination and corrosive hierarchical behavior within workplace settings?  Or, expect our Estate Managers to always have a better understanding of what is needed for stellar service, more than those with lesser years of experience or organizational rank?

If our goals include the ultimate and ever-lasting true success for each of our workplace objectives, we must always seek to include our colleagues, despite their official positions or current capabilities, in the creation of plans for total estate service delivery.  

With or without this Burkean approach... our plans will be mended.