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Reality of Jaques’s Theory of “Requisite Organization Works Over A Weekend”

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When I asked earlier about whether Elliott Jaques’s Requisite Organization could really work over a weekend, I was asking a specifically micro-question: Does changing the structure of the organization produce “instant” results in individuals?

I got an answer about the macro question I wasn’t asking: Jaques just doesn’t talk about the process by which the change occurs, from old structure to requisite organization.

I also, later, got an answer from Glenn about the micro question: Yep, sure does. In his experience, which is similar to mine, when you get the reporting relationships lined up and the accountability/responsibility clear (no small thing either way), individuals can have over the weekend transformations. It’s almost frightening how it happens. On Friday, the team is a bunch of backstabbing, defensive SOBs and on Monday they’re the twelve Apostles in a church window.

Which raises the question, again: does this mean that the psychotherapuetic model (including Argyris’s work and executive coaching) is treating the symptom and not the root problem, spending inordinate amounts of energy to teach the lame to walk with a walker rather than simply curing their lameness?

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E. Forrest Christian is a consultant, coach, author, trainer and speaker at The Manasclerk Company who helps individuals and companies find insight and solutions to what seem like insolvable problems. Cited for his "unique ability and insight" by his clients, Forrest has worked with people from almost every background, from artists to programmers to executives to global consultants, both as individuals and as leaders of organizations at least as diverse. [contact]

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