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mindset

A mindset ranks above any specific goals, but below the power to transcend?, as the three most powerful of Donella Meadows' twelve levers.

For example, at present the Election Readiness and election protocol mindsets compete - the ER ideal proposes a small clique - the Election Readiness and Campaign Team - take total control of the GPC from the GPC Council who would be replaced with fulltime staff.

Also, the Lean Green Machine mindset competes directly with Green and Growing by David Scrymgeour - though the latter seems only to represent a command and control mind set, and is more properly understood as a set of rules:
  • take a fulltime job with the GPC, or have no decision power
  • obey the Leader and Executive Director, or be dismissed
  • move to Ottawa, or have no influence over Party direction

Such rules rank only fifth on Meadows' hierarchy since the power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize (which ranks fourth) is more important and allows for more adaptability, e.g. the chaordic model of organizations advanced by Dee Hock?. Organization goals such as making best use of all talents of each volunteer at the federal level or having GPC protocols that any member can contribute to define and improve, are either disabled or enabled by lower level rules that focus primarily on command and control factors.

Adopting mindsets which are compatible with longer term goals and permit more power to add, change, evolve or self-organize is generally more desirable than fixed sets or rules or any command hierarchy, e.g. employer-employed rules.








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