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The humanistic approach had led both Tom and Harry to believe that a safe and supportive climate is a crucial element of change. Humanistic consultants advocate giving employees the freedom to make autonomous choices as a means of motivating them to use their potential in the pursuit of self-actualisation. In other words, the assumption is that if you give people freedom they'll take it. But they don't in a hostile environment. While the humanists assume that a person will automatically use their freedom to develop their potential, the existentialists less optimistically stress the difficulty of accepting and exercising freedom.
Because the management had not clamped down on it with the same conviction as the consultants, the saboteurs were still getting away with it and as time went by therefore their power was reinforced. So after 3 months, as the managers were doing a U-turn to join the rest of the company who were following the consultants, the rest of the company, seeing saboteurs continue to get away with their strangle hold on the culture, were doing a U-turn back to square one! An example of this was Harry Lloyd, the Support Director, who took some time to be convinced that the programme was worthwhile until his staff took the time to discuss their problems and inform him of their progress.
Why? 2 Can Personal Responsibility be a 'Detachable Burden? 19 Programmes of change are not defining the concept of responsibility in a way that encourages real personal change. What they are doing is defining 'responsibility' as follows: 6 Responsibility, n. A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of G-d, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one's neighbour. * (A. Bierce) In this way, 'responsibility' refers to the achievement or otherwise of tasks. Responsibility - an existential definition For existentialists, responsibility is by no means a 'detachable burden' since it refers to each individual's responsibility to be themselves: * Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.
Confronting Company Politics by Beverley Stone (auth.)
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