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Strategic Organizational Alignment by Chris Crosby

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CHAPTER 14

Adult Development

“Once you achieve a certain level in an organization, you should not have to be managed. Adults should just get along!”

— countless managers and HR professionals

 

It is no coincidence that people fail to see the relevance of being clear about authority in organizations. We were all born into an ­authority ­system called the family. Our primary caregiver(s)’ parenting had a ­profound impact on how we perceive bosses: both in how we manage and how we think we should be managed. Reactive beliefs may persist: rigidity of who can talk to whom, a consensus model pretending all are equal or, worse, the idea that all bosses should be removed.

To think “Adults should just get along” is, ironically, not a very adult statement ...

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