I was reading some reflections about the web economy, via Alan Hirsch, and it brought me back to a question that has been bugging me for ages. Is it Christian to sack someone?
But first, here are the comments that triggered those thoughts:
3. Hierarchies are natural, not prescribed.
In any Web forum there are some individuals who command more respect and attention than others—and have more influence as a consequence. Critically, though, these individuals haven’t been appointed by some superior authority. Instead, their clout reflects the freely given approbation of their peers. On the Web, authority trickles up, not down.
4. Leaders serve rather than preside.
On the Web, every leader is a servant leader; no one has the power to command or sanction. Credible arguments, demonstrated expertise and selfless behavior are the only levers for getting things done through other people. Forget this online, and your followers will soon abandon you.
5. Tasks are chosen, not assigned.
The Web is an opt-in economy. Whether contributing to a blog, working on an open source project, or sharing advice in a forum, people choose to work on the things that interest them. Everyone is an independent contractor, and everyone scratches their own itch.
6. Groups are self-defining and -organizing.
On the Web, you get to choose your compatriots. In any online community, you have the freedom to link up with some individuals and ignore the rest, to share deeply with some folks and not at all with others. Just as no one can assign you a boring task, no can force you to work with dim-witted colleagues.
You see, we talk about servant leadership as an alternative to domineering leadership, about empowerment as an alternative to tyranny, but every day in business we engage in relationships where the power to hire and fire others looms large.
We preach grace. I am wondering if gift economics could ever world in real life. Why the sacred / secular divide?