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Who Do We Choose To Be? by Margaret J. Wheatley

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Q: How Do You Self-Organize an Island of Sanity?A: You Rely on Human Human Beings

In my early years of teaching self-organizing systems to leaders, too often they thought that order for free was putting them out of a job. If they felt excited by the concept, they would often rush up to me and say, “I realize I just have to get out of the way!” If they got frightened by the prospect, they just ignored me and returned to command and control.

On an island of sanity, the sanity is in treating people, as Grace Lee Boggs said, as human human beings. The technical name for our species has another double descriptor: Homo sapiens sapiens. Seems we need the reminder.

Humans being human are wonderfully talented. Generally, people are internally motivated ...

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