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Chapter 3. Mentoring: from the Machine A... > The machine-age organization was cha...

The machine-age organization was characterized by:

A many-layered, hierarchical structure that concentrated power and authority at the top

Slow and difficult decision-making procedures, often with many sign-off steps

Decisions made at the top without adequate knowledge of, or concern for, organization-wide consequences

All “real” thinking and decision making was reserved for staff experts or managers

The common assumption that “up in the organization” was the only way to go

That it was only the stars that needed to be mentored

The belief that “insider information” was the essential factor in getting ahead

The assumption that any manager/executive had the “insider information” and therefore the qualifications to be a mentor

A focus on career development rather than organization development

Exercise

If you have ever worked in such an organization, what were some of your experiences?


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