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REPLACING LEADERSHIP WITH STEWARDSHIP Trading your Kingdom for a Horse The previous passage is a line from Shakespeares Richard III When the king is stranded on the battle field he calls out My Kingdom my kingdom for a horse The king realizes that his wealth and power do him no good in his situation He would gladly give it all up for a practical means of survival in this case a horse In the late 70s and early 80s businesses realized that they needed to make a change They needed to find a way to serve their markets more quickly with higher quality products and at lower costs The large corporations were the first to realize that a change was imminent hospitals were next and schools are now the front runners to make the change Schools are beginning to be managed by private companies These companies are planning new beginnings with teachers parents and local businesses The changes are an outcome of economic times Businesses including government health care and schooling are getting smaller and are having to provide more with less Companies are failing because they fail in there marketplaces The way organizations serve customers has to do with purpose or the use of power and wealth The system of purpose power and wealth equate to management or better yet governance Governance describes the political nature of our lives at home and at work Everyone agrees that when an organization starts to fail a change is needed Stewardship is the set of principles and practices which have the potential to make dramatic changes in our governance system It is designed to create a sense of ownership and responsibility from the bottom of the organization all the way to the top It is a reform that puts the leadership back where it should be with the doers In order for it to work service must be chosen over self
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