While waiting at the counter of the local pizza take-away for my order to be ready, I found a magazine there with an interview with Stephen Covey (age 71, author of the 7 Habits, currently willing to come speak for you at $65.000 per appearance)
In this interview he declared management of people superfluous. One manages money, stocks, portfolios, and the like, not people. Give people purpose and a course, and then stop interfering with them.
The interview ended with this quote (emphasis mine):
In most organisations there is a lack of trust, and most employees are powerless. In this era of knowledge-workers we still use the industrial model of control, in which we treat people like objects. It is as if we are still practising bloodletting, although we know all about bacteria and how they work.
Hans von Gersdorff, “Feldbuch der Wundarznei”, 1517 – Points for blood-letting (public domain)
When I asked the pizza-guy for pen and paper to write this quote down, he smiled at me and said ain’t that a good interview or what?.
So the pizza guy gets it, but the CEO’s don’t.
But as Covey said in the same interview it’s all common sense really, just not common practice.