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Managing without Power: Gender Relationships in the Story of Human Evolution

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Managing without Power: Gender Relationships in the Story of Human Evolution

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Ray Moorcroft, Editor, reviews

MANAGING WITHOUT POWER

Gender Relationships in the Story of Human

Evolution

by R. Meredith Belbin

In Managing Without Power, Meredith Belbin, best known for his work on Management Teams, explores a new concept where negotiation, leadership and the 'softer' skills can influence society without the use of power.

Belbin uses his pioneering research into genetically-driven behaviour to trace the development of homo sapiens through three key evolutionary stages in history. At each stage, he considers the influence and role of women in society. He reveals that early society was regulated not by power, but through organic balance, so enabling women (as the best communicators) to play a vital role in the community. However, he further explains how the `balance and harmony' which existed between the genders in the primaeval community was replaced in the Age of Power' as the role of women diminished. …

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