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The Beauty of the Beast by Geoffrey Bellman

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Chapter 3Creating a Bureaucracy to Curse

The structures we live with today resulted from thousands of people before us seeking personal and organizational meaning and productivity. Our organizations were created by people as well intentioned and smart as ourselves, then we stepped into their creations. Whether we work for the schools, the military, a company, or a social agency, we stepped into quite similar structures based on related assumptions. Do some research at the next party you attend: Tell your favorite story about the bureaucracy’s corrosive influence on important work. Will the people listening argue against the possibility of this happening? No. Will they wander off to seek more interesting conversation? No. They will stay because ...

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