Friday, March 13, 2009

Diffusion of powers and participative decision-making

[But I am a bit of a radical when it comes to corporate reform. I happen to think there is a fundamental problem with the modern corporation: excessive concentration of powers in the CEO. The world over, democracy has gained ground at the level of nations.
But the corporate world remains the last bastion of dictatorship. Greater diffusion of powers and more participative decision-making are what companies lack - and which is why they are prone to disaster. Serious reform is making these things happen.
Corporate reforms from The Big Picture by T T Ram Mohan 5:03 PM]

[Returning to free associations, we have to say that this method is the golden rule of the psychoanalytic therapy. Let us see how it works.
Lying on a couch (a position imposing a certain state of relaxation), the patient speaks freely of anything that may cross his/her mind, without searching for some specific subject or topic. The flow of his/her thoughts is free, and followed with no voluntary intervention. The important thing is that the critical mind does not intervene to censor spontaneous thoughts. We truly have the drive to censure the products of our thinking, starting from various criteria: moral, ethic, narcissistic, cultural, spiritual. The method of free associations demands us to temporarily give up intellectual censorship and freely speak about any thought.
What is the result of this involuntary talk? Later analysis of thoughts produced by means of the above-mentioned method reveals certain repetitive topics indicative of psychic complexes of emotional charge. These complexes are unconscious. They are autonomously activated by chance verbal associations, and influence conscious psychic life in a frequently dramatic manner. The task of psychoanalysis is to bring such complexes to the surface of conscious mind, and integrate them into the patient's life.
Psychoanalysis > Techniques:
Free Associations By Jean Chiriac]

The major distinction between dictatorship and democracy is perhaps that the consequences of “repetitive” tendency of one individual are moderated by the group dynamics as The Wisdom of Crowds suggests. [TNM]

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