Problems with Hierarchical Meeting Technologies
A multitude of handicaps are hidden in any hierarchical power structure:
- The enthusiasm and intelligence of the vast majority of participants is suppressed and wasted while top-down decisions may serve personal agendas instead of the whole organization.
- Employees and participants tend to direct their unused creativity towards making useless conflicts and projecting their authority-figure issues on bosses and colleagues rather than standing in their own authority.
- Due to its rigid structure and minimized intelligence, hierarchical systems do not swiftly adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. Nor do they make good use of innovative opportunities.
- Those who do whatever it takes to climb the hierarchical ladder get the power positions. Those best at doing whatever it takes to get power tend to be psychopathic. Hierarchies naturally select for psychopathic leaders.
- When someone proposes an action in a group then all participants tend to look to the hidden authorities who secretly decide what the group will do or not do (often before the meeting even begins). This commonly causes intense frustration and disappointment. The whole group cannot agree on doing one things so nothing is done.