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The Power Model

I have called the first model of decision-making the power model. In this model, one person has—by means of position, election, or expertise—acquired absolute authority to make decisions. This “ruler” is not obligated to ask for or consider the opinions, ideas, or advice of his “subjects,” although a good ruler should listen to what others have to say.

When the ruler makes a decision, the subjects are expected to obey it—if not willingly, at least not challenge it. The subjects really have no ownership of the solution even if they are impacted greatly by the rulerís decision.

When a ruler's decision is found to be a mistake, the ruler is exempt from any punishment. But if a subject makes a mistake in not following the orders, the subject can expect retribution from the ruler.

In the power model, usually only one solution to any problem is seriously offered and considered before the decision is made. Alternatives are often ignored, especially those from outside the power circles.

 
 

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