Imagine if everyone went to the Executive team meetings.
Or received a copy of the Minutes.
Or at least got an email saying:
'The Executive team met today and here are the things that we discussed and the decisions that we made and why we made them.
We will begin to execute those decisions in 48 hours. If you have any suggestion as to how we could improve any of them, please let us know.
If you have any questions about anything that the Executive does, please also ask us. Thank you'.
How much of the power held in organisations is the result of being at a meeting and having more information than someone who wasn't?
If an organisation is truly Widget focussed ('Alignment' I think is the fancy term);
If an organisation is truly desperate for everyone to be continuously learning so that it can remain innovative ('The Learning Organisation' is what we consultants cleverly call it);
If it wants people who make decisions that others choose to follow ('Leaders' is what I call people who do that);
Then why wouldn't a leader in a learning organisation who's widget focussed want to throw open the floodgates of information and works-in-progress for everyone to see and contribute towards and learn from as openly as technology allows?
My best answer so far (I'm still thinking about this) is that it's because people with the power to do this are the ones who go to executive meetings and they have egos.
They are putting their Weekend Widget ahead of their Weekday Widget.
Information is power.