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Management From The Collective Mind

Our human bodies have many systems that function without our conscious control—they are autonomic.  Our autonomic nervous system supplies impulses to the body’s heart, muscles, and glands which drive much of our underlying functioning as humans without our direct awareness. Our cardio vascular system does its work without our intervention, as does our digestive system and our nervous system. These systems all operate without our direct involvement or conscious knowledge; they are part of the many autonomic systems of the human body.

Mass production management logic is the autonomic management system of our age; we’ve all adopted it without knowing it was optional. We have grown up in this system and its constructs and rules permeate our institutions to their core. And yet, the vast majority of leaders and managers have no idea that beneath what they do and how they think every day lays a foundation poured by Henry Ford 100 years ago. We work this system because it is the system we all grew up in and we have come to see it as the way the world works—not as the artificial construct it really is.

One reality: the mass production management system was not designed to engage employees. Oops!

  • About The Author

    John Bernard

    John Bernard ‘s work in redefining the fundamental drivers of business performance improvement has led to national recognition as a thought leader in employee engagement. As an equally experienced executive and consultant, his effective articulation of new ways of thinking about management and management systems has led to his forthcoming book, Engage to Win, The Surprising Secret to Extraordinary Employee Engagement. John is managing partner of Portland, Oregon based Mass Ingenuity at Check out John's book at Full
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