Time to kill hierarchies: We did it six decades ago - why not now?
Why should organizations be hierarchical? Excellence can occur at any level and hierarchy has the power to kill excellence, especially of the young and talented.
I worked in early stages of my life in three different organizations besides the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad (IIMA): Government of India Institution, University and a PSU. Of all the four organizations, the most productive, motivating and talent developing organization was IIMA. In Government organization, I joined it six months prior to my boss. A few days after he joined, my boss saw a paper published by me in a medical journal warned me not to publish without his written permission, though in my job, I was expected to disseminate knowledge in health administration practices. This was so demotivating that I preferred to leave the organization to join a University at a lower grade. In the University, there was a lot of academic freedom but always a limitation of posts of professors. In the hierarchy-driven PSU, I had to negotiate for the highest salary level and a designation of General Manager (at age 32) to introduce change in some of the systems I was supposed to cre...
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