Warlords and Civil Society
post # 421 — August 22, 2007 — a Strategy post
I need some help from the historians and anthropololigists among you.
In the history of mankind’s evolution, civil society (social collaboration, governed by the rule of law) triumphed in most countries over the warlords (rule by those with aggressive individual force and the willingness to use it.)
But how and why? How did the feudal barons with their armies come to accept the rule of law? How did developed economies come to root out (most) self-serving corruption and establish trustworthy civil servants?
What lessons can we learn that apply within businesses? How do we “tame” the individual warlords (rainmakers) and get them to do things for the good of the firm?