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Volume 4 - No. 1 - 2005


He is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation  
- H.L. Mencken, on businessmen - 

No Surrender: the future of not-for-profit organisations - by John Gray

Work is arguably a place where we surrender our broader identity, and become other than who we really are, suggests John Gray.


Women managers become macho to compete in senior management; Black and Asian people dilute their culture, gay people hide in closets, older people fudge their age.


Individuals need to bring an acceptance of responsibility for what happens to them within the organisation; equally the organisation needs to take responsibility for where it ends up.


Dont you know who I am?, said the warlord to the monk who refused to bow the knee, I could cut your head off! Yes, replied the monk, but I am the one who could let you do it.


Organisations can be catalysts for change; and the people within them, bringing their whole selves to work, are the ultimate powerhouses which drive that change.