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Manager In A Strange Land: Sliding Democracy (27 Aug 2004)
In theory, a committee is a good thing. We all have blind spots. If we get together, we can shore up each other's blind spots and arrive at better-informed decisions. So why do committees get such a bad rap? Maybe because committees frequently fail to arrive at the correct decision. In the absence of a leader, you can't blame a specific person, so your democratic process gets blamed. On the other hand, if a specific leader fails to make the correct decision (which also happens frequently), then only the leader is blamed, even though the dictatorial process ought to be blamed.
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