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Overfished Ocean Strategy by Nadya Zhexembayeva

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CHAPTER 7Principle Five:Department to Mind-Set

AT A GLANCE

DIVISION OF LABOR HAS been around for millennia. From the ancient Sumerians to Plato to Henry Ford, everyone seems to champion the divide-and-conquer approach. Yet when a complete overhaul of strategic thinking is required, putting the transformation on the shoulders of a few is simply not good enough. The Overfished Ocean Strategy is not a department. It’s a mind-set.

“Well then, how will our state supply these needs? It will need a farmer, a builder, and a weaver, and also, I think, a shoemaker and one or two others to provide for our bodily needs…. So that the minimum state would consist of four or five men.”1 With these words, written around 380 BC, Plato solidified the division ...

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