Robert E. Quinn in his book: Building The Bridge As You Walk On It (2004 Jossey Bass) when writing about effective organizations as productive communities. He starts that: “They are not only highly productive but highly nurturing places. They are places where people live by the highest of human values, extending themselves for the instrumental purpose and for one another.” p 4
So let’s think about these concepts a bit. If we want our organizations (schools, businesses, local, state or federal governments) to excel we may not want to gain productivity by “squeezing productivity” out of people.
From the Robert Quinn’s research and the specific quote from shared above, it seems that any organization (again – schools, businesses, local, state or federal governments) would want to “get good at” encouragement, development of human potential and a combination of ‘stretch and support” of others. Maybe we should appreciate the current strengths of our organizations and together seriously work toward improvement rather then focusing on all of the problems and tackling them (often, one by one) in a potentially isolated fashion.
The challenges of today require leaders who authentically demonstrate and “live by the highest of human values, extending themselves for (both) the instrumental purpose and for one another.
So as people try to “squeeze out” results from organizations – BEWARE! The outcomes are not going to be highly effective and/or productive organizations.