Issue 62 - 01 | Breaking Organizational Codependence: Downsizing’s Liberating Wake-Up CallBy David Noer
Published Sept. 10, 2009 12:04 a.m.
We first need to understand the nature of the change and the insidious power of organizational codependency. Then we need the courage to break its stifling grip on our human spirit and creativity. Part of our 'interesting times' involves living through the most fundamental change in the psychological contract that has connected employee to employer since the industrial revolution. Like it or not—and initially, most of us find a lot not to like—in this new paradigm people are viewed as short term costs to be reduced or eliminated, as opposed to assets to be nurtured and developed over a career. Despite our cultural conditioning, we need the courage to face this fact and reconceptualize our identity."
About David Noer | David Noer is the author of four books including, Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 2009). He is an Executive Coach, Speaker, and Leadership Consultant. He has been named an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership and Professor Emeritus at Elon University. David lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. You can keep up with him on the Healing the Wounds blog.