Business Decisions, Human Choices: Restoring the Partnership between People and Their Organizations

Business Decisions, Human Choices: Restoring the Partnership between People and Their Organizations

Business Decisions, Human Choices: Restoring the Partnership between People and Their Organizations

Business Decisions, Human Choices: Restoring the Partnership between People and Their Organizations

Synopsis

Dr. Williams contends that over the last 20 years a change has occurred in organizations that has created a syndrome of dysfunctions that are neither good for businesses nor for the people who work in them. Williams sees businesses as living entities, and argues that how they act and react will have an impact on their employees, and often a devasating impact. In much the same way as businesses make decisions, people make choices, and seldom are these decisions and choices congruent. Unless disparate self-interests and goals can be reconciled--unless a partnership can be restored between people and their organizations--not only will employees be damaged, but the success of their organizations, upon which they depend for their livelihoods, will be jeopardized. How this dangerous situation came about, what it means, and how it can be remedied is the subject of Dr. Williams' book. Research-based and always in touch with the realities of commerce, Dr. Williams will make business people aware that organizations and their people must become reunited and then show them how it can be done.

Excerpt

In the other books that I have written, others have been kind enough to write introductions for the thoughts and values of the book to be read. This is written by me because this book has been so long in coming and I believe that I am the best person to tell you about it in a short space. the book is about transformation. Transformation is often a scary term, or at the least, an abstract term that eludes people and causes them to avoid reading the missals that follow. I hope you instead embrace this transformational process, taking it to heart as a strategy for real change in your personal and professional life.

The book is about reframing how one looks at business and the partnerships that businesses truly have with their employees and communities. Businesses are living entities. Living because how they choose to operate impacts the nature of human understanding for the employee and the nature of value to a community. Businesses are living metaphors for all beliefs and views within a community and a society. Businesses thrive because communities find value in the services and products interjected into the society. Businesses continue because the cultures of the communities sense that their lives are made better by the impact business has created in how they embrace the world. Businesses therefore become major vortexes in the creation and movement of the world.

Businesses have enormous responsibility, yet they often discount and take lightly their responsibility to all of us. I think there is a rational explanation for the sadness created by the actions of business in our current culture. That rational explanation is based on the paradigms that business use to make choices and decisions. Businesses in today's culture think in fragments. Businesses in today's culture compartmentalize their actions, seeing them as separate acts, often without impact on other actions of the corporate culture. Businesses have good intentions, yet often have devastating impacts.

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