Thinking about organizations as communities

Organizations many of us would refer to as enlightened have begun to think of organizations as communities. They have at least the intuition that people thrive in spaces that feel and function more like engaging communities than sterile machines of production. Community building in organizations requires new conversations, strategies and skillsets. It's a radical shift in how people are engaged, empowered and connected. Leadership in community building barely resembles leadership in parentally controlled hierarchies. In strong communities people share responsibility, resources and opportunities. They do not defer responsibility for the many to a few. Decision making is distributed in ways that makes it faster and richer.

I applaud any organization with the vision and courage to embrace the learning curve that community building requires and rewards.