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The Organization Man chapter 1 The Organization Man, meaning The Organization Man, genre The Organization Man, book cover The Organization Man, flies The Organization Man, The Organization Man 348821d1aa9a1 Regarded As One Of The Most Important Sociological And Business Commentaries Of Modern Times, The Organization Man Developed The First Thorough Description Of The Impact Of Mass Organization On American Society During The Height Of The Eisenhower Administration, Corporations Appeared To Provide A Blissful Answer To Postwar Life With The Marketing Of New Technologies Television, Affordable Cars, Space Travel, Fast Food And Lifestyles, Such As Carefully Planned Suburban Communities Centered Around The Nuclear Family William H Whyte Found This Phenomenon AlarmingAs An Editor For Fortune Magazine, Whyte Was Well Placed To Observe Corporate America It Became Clear To Him That The American Belief In The Perfectibility Of Society Was Shifting From One Of Individual Initiative To One That Could Be Achieved At The Expense Of The Individual With Its Clear Analysis Of Contemporary Working And Living Arrangements, The Organization Man Rapidly Achieved Bestseller StatusSince The Time Of The Book S Original Publication, The American Workplace Has Undergone Massive Changes In The S, The Rule Of Large Corporations Seemed Less Relevant As Small Entrepreneurs Made Fortunes From New Technologies, In The Process Bucking Old Corporate Trends In Fact This New Economy Appeared To Have Doomed Whyte S Original Analysis As An Artifact From A Bygone Day But The Recent Collapse Of So Many Startup Businesses, Gigantic Mergers Of International Conglomerates, And The Reality Of Economic Globalization Make The Organization Man All The Essential As Background For Understanding Today S Global Market This Edition Contains A New Foreword By Noted Journalist And Author Joseph Nocera In An Afterword Jenny Bell Whyte Describes How The Organization Man Was Written


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  1. says:

    I changed this to a 3 1 2 on the assumption that if I read it again assuming I could get through it I d think a bit of it than I did 53 years ago originally posted 1 25 13 I read this book fifty years ago now, in the summer of 62 It was to be read before starting my freshman year in college.I don t think I got much out of it Although I had had good marks in high school, I came from a small town in the Midwest My classmates in college were mostly from big high schools in the east Some of them may have been sophisticated enough to see what Whyte was talking about, or likely just recognized their own fathers from his narrative My dad was a school teacher in that small town, hence had nothing in common with Whyte s Organization Man and hence I really didn t know what he was talking about, I suppose It was a long time ago The other thing was, one had to have something of a grown up point of view to take in a book like this, it certainly wasn t written for kids But when I entered college, I was a kid I learned about grown up outlooks, things of real interest to adults, how to be an adult in college Kids in, adults or, adults on the way out That was college for me.


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    The world has sure changed Published June 2003 in WorldWIT Taking the Organization out of the ManSally s World, June 2003http www.sallyduros.com taking the By SALLY DUROSThere s a book I have to read It s called The Organization Man It was written in 1956 by William Whyte, and it s about time that I learned what the book says.When I was a girl, I held a secret deep and true, and that was that somehow even though I was female I would grow up to be an Organization Man My dad was an Organization Man, and my best friend s dad was an Organization Man, and the kids next door, their dad was an Organization Man.I wasn t sure what it meant exactly It was just a book laying around our house but I knew my dad was one, in my simplistic view because he wore a hat, and a suit, and he went to work downtown every day My dad would leave the house at the same time every morning When the weather was warm he would walk to the train You could hear the screen door slam I would sometimes watch him exit, impressed by how fast he walked It was a mile and a half to the commuter train that took him to downtown Chicago where the train belched him out with thousands of other people, and they all walked with great intention and urgency to the gleaming revolving glass doors of the skyscrapers where they worked, engaged in their important missions of commerce and building things and selling stuff I knew about that because he would bring me downtown with him a couple of times a year to show me off to the other civil engineers he worked with.His route home led him like clockwork every day, up the side streets of our north side Chicago neighborhood, until he hit the end of the alley on an adjacent street Which is when I would spy him coming around the corner, and I would run fast up the alley and jump into his arms, the dependable arms of an Organization Man dad, and he would carry me back to my mom, and siblings and the house, and it was nice and cozy like a TV sitcom.My dad brought home the scent of ink, paper and concrete, and his face felt rough at the end of the day, and I liked that He carried a briefcase, and he often had work to do in the evening.Although I couldn t read the book The Organization Man, I knew my dad was one Nearly all the dads I knew were Organization Men, except Mr McHenry, and he owned his own business, and that seemed very strange and mysterious, and he was around during the day and even had a small disassembled airplane in his back yard, which was very exotic and alien.I was reminded of these childhood memories when I was chatting with Penny Pickett, Business Director for the Telecommunications Development Fund, at Springboard 2003 Midwest, the women s venture capital forum Penny was talking about the changes she has seen in the way businesses are viewed since she had started her own business first in 1980.She started her business in 1980 When it was initially based in her home, it might solicit a condescending comment and a pat on the head But when men headed to their garages and their basements after businesses embedding the culture of The Organization Man had mass layoffs during the 1980s, the conversation rose to another level That s when the descriptive word entrepreneur emerged.A basic tenet of The Organization Man was the idea that an employee gave the corporation loyalty and, in turn, the corporation took care of you Some folks referred to that disparagingly as corporate welfare The book proposed that employees would have 20 , 30 , and 40 year careers with one corporation.When my dad started working for the organization, it had about 60 employees based in Chicago When he left, the company had about 700 working worldwide When the company merged with another two years ago, it had about 1200, still a small to medium sized business by most measures.My dad retired from the organization nearly two decades ago, with 35 years under his belt His company merged with another one two years ago, but still the company sticks with its tradition of inviting every one who ever worked for the company to the holiday party My dad still sees many of his colleagues from the old organization He can thank the organization for financial stability for his family, a lifetime of friends, and work that challenged him and he enjoyed My dad says that it was a pretty good deal.If there was a downside to being an Organization Man, it was the spiritual demand the organization made on the individual This book is about the organization man If the term is vague, it is because I can think of no other way to describe the people I am talking about They are not the workers, nor are they the white collar people in the usual, clerk sense of the word These people only work for The Organization The ones I am talking about belong to it as well They are the ones of our middle class who have left home, spiritually as well as physically, to take the vows of organization life, and it is they who are the mind and soul of our great self perpetuating institutions From the book The Organization Man, William WhyteAs painful as the evolution has been, today we are seeking a spiritual anchor in work, and this has been especially liberating for dads Today it is as common to see dads who are self employed as dads who are working for organizations Dads and men, in general, once a rarity after school at playgrounds, are becoming increasingly common Whether there by choice or because of a lay off most of them look pretty happy to be refereeing the basketball games, manning the tube swings, testing the jungle gym and toting the backpacks of their kids That s an experience that the organization never granted my Dad and other Dads of his generation.If the organization doesn t seem to have room for The Organization Man any, some of us have learned a new way to be in the world that means creating our own organization even if it is only in our heads This way of being isn t easier But Pickett says, we are nonetheless learning new behaviors People today are flexible and entrepreneurial, even if they do go to big companies, she says More people are biting the bullet and learning the characteristics of entrepreneurs This brought to mind a friend of mine who has adapted the mindset of a contract employee, even though she is a full time employee Pickett believes that given the choice people like my friend would elect for a comfortable work lifestyle.One also shouldn t confuse the heart sets of a small business owner and that of an entrepreneur, Pickett says A capable business owner is the person who s been pink slipped and is desperate they need an income, she says They haven t been able to find a job, so they start a company Small business owners, we couldn t survive without them, she says They build good companies They provide services that we all use They re important to their communities They pay their taxes They re good people They re just not driven the way entrepreneurs are The entrepreneur is somebody who tends to be pretty bright, but tends to get fairly bored, she says They like to learn new situations, but once they ve done that they will get bored fairly quickly if it becomes routine An entrepreneur has a real need to fix things, to improve things, to really change the world Now money may be the thing that you keep score with, but in many ways, I don t think money is the real goal An entrepreneur is a do gooder who has a strong conviction that there s something that they can do that s going to make the world better or make people s lives better or solve something that really is hurting a lot of people, Pickett says They d like to make money That s great, because in many ways, making a lot of money just gives them the cushion where they can flush out other ideas It s a vision thing I look at it this way, if the small business owner is the eagle on the U.S seal, and the entrepreneur is the cowboy on the frontier, then The Organization Man should be honored on the face of our dollar bills.Today, Dads are just as likely to be one as another, and Father s Day is the time to honor all of them Happy Father s Day, Dad Recommended reading for this Father s Day The Organization Man, by William Whyte Not Just A Living by Mark Henricks Crossing the Unknown Sea Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte and Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson.The Organization Man The Book That Defined a GenerationNot Just A Living The Complete Guide To Creating A Business That Gives You A LifeCrossing the Unknown SeaSacred Hoops Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior


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    I bookmooched this just to read a couple of chapters on a Chicago suburb called Park Forest I started reading somewhere in the middle and became so engrossed that when I finished I started back at the beginning On the surface it would appear that a book that discusses the rise of the company businessman white men, all would yield nothing important to my life, but instead this book gave me a glimpse into an America that I never knew first hand yet is still mythologized by the media and Republicans Most of the sources are from the 40s and 50s Also, as contemporary readers we know how it all turned out how all those suburban kids of the 50s turned into the hippies of the 60s We also see that this model of business, an employee faithful to a company for an entire career, faded away In fact, the generation that Whyte writes about is really the only one to receive the benefits of a job like this Some of the companies he writes about ultimately smoked their employees with retirement, downgrades, things like that The chapter on the way suburban neighborhoods work is great.


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    I read this about a dozen years ago in grad school, and I believe it is one of the seminal academic books of mid century America Whyte documented the radical shift in social importance that large corporations had attained along with their economic preeminence.However, the book is obsolete as anything but sociological history The faithful organization man required a paternalistic corporation to make sense, and that pairing collapsed with the advent of deep international competition in the seventies and eighties Today, there is no lack of scathing criticism concerning the faithlessness of the typical corporation, and wise employees have long learned to plan for the possibility of being laid off, even by a corporation that is profitable.For a complete view of the impact the book made at the time, and on the author s later contributions, the Economist has an excellent short review of this classic here.


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    This book was originally published in 1956 and reissued in 2002.It was remarkably prescient in its warning against conformity and groupthink Whyte advocated a healthy ecosystem of divergent personality types and thinking patterns in order to build resilient companies communities societies This is a very topical and thought provoking book and I am enjoying it immensely.


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    It s all that and a bag of myers briggs tests I love books like this, It calls bullshit on about a century of management theory, oddly enough, it was written in the middle of that century, making even telling.


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    This is a tremendous book and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone involved in business The lessons are as fresh and important today as they were 50 60 years ago If you will, the Organization Man won out and we ve forgotten Whyte s lessons about why this will be a problem.Have to say, though, the modern intro is a silly introduction Some writer probably well know at Fortune tells us nice read but we don t have these problems any Yikes I don t think he s ever lived within the world of the companies he covers Probably talks with the c level execs and, of course, they paint a perfect picture.William Whyte s writing is perceptive and thorough The one serious challenge I found as a modern reader was in the first chapters where he reflects a 1950 s analysis of where women can fit in a corporation so be forewarned he observes they are secretaries Once past that section, his sections on testing and on genius are absolutely outstanding Also some of the chapters on suburbs are brilliant although I skipped through the first couple If you read it, check the Wikipedia page on the Park Forest suburb outside Chicago where Whyte did extensive studies.The chapter The Fight Against Genius is brilliant and may be my favorite And despite the Fortune editor s theory, we did NOT learn these lessons Even the poster child Google didn t pay attention Google s 20% allowable for working on whatever you want hasn t really delivered what it intended Whyte could predict this he discusses a similar structure in a company in the 1950 swhich also doesn t do what s intended driving far too applied research rather than blue sky research.All in all, this book should be mandatory today And I hate those reviews which indicate it s just for the 1950 s My experience with massive corporate world has made it clear Business schools didn t learn the lessons from this book that they should have.


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    It s very hard to remember through the book that it was written in the 1950s even though a lot of stuff in the family dynamics seems old fashioned, most of the observations on the dynamic in the corporations and the people that work in it seem spot on.There are some great discussions on individuality, on the scientists in the corporations and academia, the group life and its consequences Some times the book reads like an anti utopia, sometimes it has utopia like tones, but in the end it s a really balanced and insightful view on the social dynamics and life in such groups.The language was a bit hard at first, but it doesn t make the book unreadable.


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    Today, students graduating go work for organizations Whether you re an engineer, a teacher, or even a doctor, you usually join some kind of company.This book is about that phenomenon, and how in joining these organizations, people place part of the control of their lives into the hands of others Written back when large multi national corporations were rare It s interesting even to read about any alternative to joining large corporations.


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