|1.||The trick is to manage the relationship between insensitive, power-driven hierarchical models and individual-centered networks. This calls for a new education or learning about empowerment models for both individuals and organizations, and means to readily tap these sources of information.|
Anthropology has shown us a way to achieve a balance of dealing with hierarchical, bureaucratic and networking organizations by interweaving both of these model structures and empowering them when appropriate. It also shows ways to access far-flung centers of information not readily accessible by conventional business channels. Engaging well-positioned advisors in various external networks can extend a corporation's access to valuable perspectives. Networking is perhaps the ultimate in local autonomy action. It is a one-on-one theory of action and it is becoming a recognized model in organizational and advisory work.
Austria's highest military decoration--the Order of Maria Theresa--is reserved exclusively for officerships for those who turned the tide of battle by taking matters into their own hands and actively disobeying orders. Maria Theresa can teach us how to turn the battle tides of complex organizational work by empowering the hidden networks that are "waiting in silence for the moment of expression." 6 Advisory directors can be of significance in accessing their networks outside the corporation.