For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Hunting and Gathering in the Corporate Tribe
Archetypes of the Corporate Culture
  • Keith Wilcock
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Hunting and Gathering in the Corporate Tribe. Archetypes of the Corporate Culture
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What makes your boss tick? This look at ancient tribal structures shows how traditional roles are mirrored in the corporation of today - and shows what your corporation wants from you.

About the Author

A consulting psychologist, Keith Wilcock began research into the similarities between corporations and tribes in the early 1970. He worked as a consultant for ten years with Ernst & Whinney; Booz, Allen & Hamilton; and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., before establishing his own private practice in 1975. Today, he designs and conducts management seminars and provides psychological assessments and career counseling for executives. His previous writings include the book, Death Row Dreamers.

About the Book

Behind the oak-paneled boardrooms and underneath the pin-striped suits lurk the same organizational principles that ruled the very first social group, the tribe. This book...

Behind the oak-paneled boardrooms and underneath the pin-striped suits lurk the same organizational principles that ruled the very first social group, the tribe. This book is an evolutionary look at the modern corporation - and how its structure, roles, pecking orders and practices correspond to those of ancient tribal societies.

You can forget about the academics of management, the ivory tower of wisdom of conventional MBAs. Hunting and Gathering shows what it's really like: who are the chieftains, the hunters, the gatherers. Power symbols, rituals and initiation rites are used every bit as much as they were in the past. This book helps us understand which buttons are being pushed, and why. It's a whole new way to look at big business


Introduction

When a corporation fires all the top executives of a recently acquired company, it is following an ancient tribal formula. Putting all the adult men to the sword was standard practice when one tribe conquered another. Yet those executives who wield the axe are completely unaware of the true roots of their...

When a corporation fires all the top executives of a recently acquired company, it is following an ancient tribal formula. Putting all the adult men to the sword was standard practice when one tribe conquered another. Yet those executives who wield the axe are completely unaware of the true roots of their behavior. When asked, they invariably have a logical business explanation for their decision.

Very few members of the board of directors realize that the role they fulfill, the council of elders, exists in all human clusters, on all continents, in all cultures. Even the room they meet in, the wood-paneled boardroom with its huge table and portraits of past presidents, evolved down through the ages from the menís huts and council chambers of primitive tribes.

Corporations still employ hunters and gatherers but neither the people who hire them or the employees themselves are aware that they are fulfilling ancient tribal roles.

Seeing oneís corporation as a tribe and understanding oneís archetypal role within it, an employee can begin to discern the underlying meanings of coded messages, and the motives that drive executives. At the same time, executives and employees alike gain a new understanding of the tools used to increase motivation, elicit loyalty, and induce people to become committed to company goals.

Corporations are evolved tribes. They are like hybrids or mutations. The corporation is a human cluster whose goal is to survive and grow; it provides for its people, and competes with and defends against other tribes. The direct violence of earlier tribal life has, in many ways, been softened. Ö



Pages 232
Year: 2003
LC Classification: HD58.7.W527
Dewey code: 302.3'5ódc22
BISAC: BUS007000
BISAC: BUS047000
BISAC: BUS085000
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