System Archetype 6: Escalation

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Ignatius D, Manager, India
Description of Escalation One of the is "Escalation". This archetype tells us how the performance of one entity affects the other. It may be a person or an organization as a whole who are doing things just because the other person is doing them and don't want to be left behind. Most of the times it is good but it may restrict you from many other things which you could have possibly done to grow. There is a common belief that if the competition is doing something then we must also do that to sustain our competitive advantage or to gain competitive advantage and, in some cases, just because that is the only response managers are supposed to give. The Escalation archetype tells us about the irony when the managers try to further the best interests of the organization and end up engaging in the escalating behavior which puts the organization in danger and reduces the value to its stakeholders and customers. Early Warning Symptoms of Escalation You may hear people saying, "Once our o (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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