All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘erich fromm’

Tending the Fires of 21st Century Organizations

Tending the Fires of 21st Century Organizations

In this essay I am drawing a comparison between the fire that I tend in my living room hearth and the “tending” that is done by those leading dynamic and complex 21st Century organizations.

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Authoritarianism, Cave Dwelling and the Contemporary Escape from Freedom

Authoritarianism, Cave Dwelling and the Contemporary Escape from Freedom

Today (during the third decade of the 21st Century) we are finding powerful forces moving many countries toward authoritarianism. These forces are identified in this essay.

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In Search of Truth I: Hubris and Narcissism

In Search of Truth I: Hubris and Narcissism

Leaders who attempt to predict the future make mistakes. What tends to worsen these situations and make them more dangerous is that people with the most knowledge can tend to emerge as leaders, with lots of influence on the people around them.

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Authority, Identification and Nationalism: The Future of Freedom in Estonia

Authority, Identification and Nationalism: The Future of Freedom in Estonia

Authoritarianism was evident in the passivity of Estonian men and women as learners and as architects of their own personal and collective futures during the early1990s. Like many Eastern European countries (and many other countries for that matter) Estonia has traditionally been ruled by authoritarian hierarchies imposed from outside. What about today?

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Authoritarianism and the Escape from Freedom

Authoritarianism and the Escape from Freedom

The lingering ghost of authoritarianism in Eastern Europe that Berne Weiss and I identified during the early 1990s (Bergquist and Weiss, 1994) was tragically prescient. This ghost is still haunting many 21st Century countries throughout the world.

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