Pyramidal model

  • chain of command

  • top to bottom=command

  • bottom to top=obey+report/evaluate

  • experience lost in translation of the command to lower echelons

  • promotion=loss of experienced do-ers

  • who controls the controllers etc ad infinitum

  • energy wasted in ambition

  • carrot/stick motivation=sub-human=demeaning+loss of participation

  1. grassroots model

  • everybody=equal all the time in all domains ?

  • Talents/inclinations/special interests get lost

  • not shared experience=lost=start anew every day ?

  • Horizontal point of view=lacking oversight/foresight/hindsight

  • point of view=personal&not often on same level

  • lowest common denominator rules=loss of quality

  • demo-cracy=rule of the mob

  1. situational authority model

  • only possible if voluntary

  • repetition breeds experienced authority

  • shared&evaluated in group=information treasured

  • temporary authority=quality guaranteed=if not:kill bill

  • possibility for quality management if put into a database

  • information available for replacement do-ers in case of illness etc

  1. communication=?

  • From 1 to many

  • from 1 to some to many

  • reporting to the in-between=upwards to the top

  • strengthening the in-between=creation of situational authority for in-between&for many

  • clarity possible because of familiar convivial relationship

  1. Feedback

  • transparence=basic

  • automatic feedback creates dbase creates working model

  • victim-attitude through poor-me ego kills reliability of feedback

  • dominator attitude through elitist point of view falsifies feedback

  • rebel attitude through opposition stops feedbacks

  1. command

  • from shared vision

  • verification of perception needed

  • verification of results needed

  • based on the level of experience of the person giving the order

  • design=perceive–>design—>try—>check—>redesign—>retry—>check etc

  • possibility to install quality management through dbase

  1. group attitude

  • if voluntary=creation of network/web

  • spontaneity only in absence of carrot/stick threats

  • the weakest link of the chain breaks the line of command

  • herd attitude=playing stupid leading to sabotage openly or hidden/conscious or unconscious

  • tyrant attitude=perfectionism as a mental illness

  • spy attitude=inviting cheating

  • gossiping attitude=destruction of social group dynamics

  • beware of fear of failure in young people from too long authoritarian “schooling” directed to parroting instead of understanding

  1. errors repeated endlessly

  • check for weak link

  • remove the ever-last-laggard from the group

  • check social dynamics inside the group

  • check the feeling of “belonging” to the project&cure it if necessary

  • check for structural errors

  • check for ego based communication bottle neck


Desire leads to dissatisfaction, dissatisfaction leads to more desire and this continuous loop leads to suffering. The solution is to truly let go of desire. Instead, learn how to be grateful for what you have and trust that this is the way to inner peace (Miyamoto Musashi)

Thijs’ wisdom

Thijs came up with this piece of wisdom: Feeling can be triggered by anybody or -thing and take over control. Once you’ve noticed your feelings going out of control, everything is lost. You don’t know where you are at, and people literally say ‘you’ve lost your mind.’ Before you had everything ordered, your mind and your feelings were communicating and collaborating with one another, Like a horsemen/woman does with his horse. Let’s look this from a closer view, The horsemen made a commitment to his horse and therefore’ also the other way around, Trough speaking the right language they can communicate and are both much more than each one on his own. They become dependent on one another to be able to create what they create together ; walking their walk! They are responsible for one another and still both their own entities, respectfull to their own needs. Collaborating together fulfills their needs, separated they are both lost. Now imagine, you being the horsemen walking next to your horse, the path you are walking is clear and smooth. Suddenly there’s very low tot the ground flying over the path a giant helicopter or airplane, (like a boeing 747 or anything that’s way too big and noisy) which disrupts the harmonious walk. your horse starts to panic and flee, cause he/she reacts as it is a danger to him/her. What are you gonna do? A horsemen well connected to his/her horse will be able to calm the horse down, this connection based on trust will make the horse be just a bit nervous for a couple of seconds instead of fleeing as far as possible till he/she found him/her-self safe again. A horsemen not well connected to his/her horse will just lose his/her horse and hope it will come back soon. Eventually the horse will come back, cause it is trustful to the horsemen, if there has been build up at least a bit of trust. In other cases, we just speak about a wild horse, not to be able to handle at all. So now lets see your horse acting like your emotions do, and see the horsemen acting like your mind. think about it for a minute yourself, before reading further… If your emotions are so upset and your mind is not able to tune in on this emotions and not able to put things into the right perspective, your emotions are gonna run off with you like the wild horse does, and since only both can be complete together, you’re mind is gonna be gone too. You reached the point of acting out of your mind and like you don’t know about emotions, You reached the state of hurting yourself or anybody, you forgot it all in one ‘blink’. Try to make a good connection between your mind and your emotions, make them be good friends that can talk to one another, feel what your emotions do with you and use your common sense to put them into the right perspective and bring them into this world you’re living in. This way you are able to walk your path together with your horse, whatever happens harmoniously and steady, respectful to one another and responsible for one another. So also your mind/horsemen can find comfort (warmth, company, joy, direction, rest,…) and rely on you’re emotions/horse, when there’s need to. And so we walk our walk, with one another…. little steps… little steps… slowly but steady…. little steps… little steps… slowly but steady…. Enjoy this discovery in yourself, it’s great fun! Remember that there is no control but there is commitment! Remember that this way you can feel yourself and act in a way of love and respect towards yourself and others by deciding whats really good for you. Remember that you need a healthy portion of discipline for this to create this commitment within yourself and also with others. Remember that freedom is responsibility. with love, Thijs