And the Walls Came Tumbling Down

In this 1999 article, Jim Collins, reflects on the organization of the future “… one in which the walls that have traditionally defined organizational boundaries—what you own, what you control, whom you employ, where they work—will cease to have any significant meaning.”

“Instead, the defining boundary will be a permeable membrane defined by values, purpose, and goals; organizations will be held together by mechanisms of connection and commitment rooted in freedom of choice, rather than systems of coercion and control. Executives will need to accept the fact—always true but now impossible to ignore—that the exercise of leadership is inversely proportional to the exercise of power. Indeed, they will need to accept the fact that the whole idea of walls is becoming an unproductive concept and that the most highly productive relationships are all, at their core, mutual partnerships.”

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Is this what we are now experiencing?

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