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The fundamental organizational design principle from the Industrial Age was to separate the deciders from the doers. Each group was given a label: white collar – blue collar, salary people – hourly people, bosses – workers, leaders – followers, blueworker – redworker. The main idea was one group (white collar, salary,bosses) decided what the other...

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The Industrial AgeThe period when humans developed large complex organizations based on machines. Factories, assembly lines, plantations, and railroads were dominant during the Industrial Age. The Industrial Age organizational design was optimized to use humans to reduce variability and comply with their masters’ instructions. This fundamental structure shapes our organizational design and language today. Obey the ClockThe...