Transformation is taking root in the corporate world
'Companies that Mimic Life: Leaders of the Emerging Corporate Renaissance' by Joseph H. Bragdon tells the stories of seven exceptional companies.
Their shared secret is a new mental model of the firm that is the virtual opposite of industrial capitalism. Each company, if not already a household name, is a significant player within their industry and, crucially, has outperformed their competitors.
Living Systems model
Instead of modeling themselves on the assumed efficiency of machines – a thought process that emerged during the industrial age – the firms described in Bragdon's book model themselves on living systems.
Firms with open, ethical, inclusive traditions – where employees have a voice and a stake in what happens – have a distinct advantage over traditionally managed companies where most decisions are made at the top.
Living Assets: people and Nature
Understanding that everything of value ultimately arises from life, the organisations Bragdon investigated place a higher value on living assets (people and Nature) than they do on non-living capital assets.
The energy they invest in stewarding those assets – a practice described in the book as living asset stewardship (LAS) – is transformative.