Employee ownership is not a new thing. It has been around for quite a while – in fact long enough for there to have been dozens of empirical research papers to be published over the last few decades. I won’t go into the detail of all the papers but suffice to say there are differing views on the pros and cons of employee ownership, although the research coming down in favour of the pros tends to outweigh the cons by some way.
On the occasion of our 50 years anniversary our UK colleagues have opend the archives and republished some articles of our founder Ralph Coverdale. Surprisingly for us, his thought are still valid and very important untill today.
Ralph Coverdale was a pioneering psychologist and philosopher, who died in 1975. ‘Coverdale’ is the name both of the system of training he developed, and of the organisation he founded – now a flourishing international consultancy. The courses concentrate on ways of working together, and methods of getting the job done; the only aspect of a manager’s job that is excluded is professional expertise – accountancy, engineering, sales, teaching, or whatever. Coverdale learning is not so much concerned with management policy, as with management behaviour – setting objectives, briefing subordinates, tackling a job that must be done. This may sound of secondary importance, but it can make the difference between a good manager and a bad one, or between potential fulfilled and a stunted career.
In 1955 Ralph was given a broad brief to set up an executive development programme for the Steel Company of Wales. With the help of his department head, Kenneth Dauncey, he began to survey the difficulties that executives in the company seemed to find in doing their job.
This blog follows & builds on the series of blogs celebrating fifty years of Coverdale. Taken from Max Taylor’s book the following paragraphs...
This blog will mean more to participants of early Coverdale workshops where managers went through Coverdale part 1&2 and it is testimony to the impact these workshops had as people often refer to their part 1 or part 2 course when reflecting on their Coverdale experience.
I came across some old writing by Ralph Coverdale recently. I'm not sure when it was written but it is certainly at least 35 years ago and maybe even 45! I have been posting some blogs which are my interpretation of part of Ralph's musings. His thinking is as relevant today as it was all those years ago.