The Governance, Culture and Leadership FrameworkSM

To analyze, assess and affect organizations, LRN uses a framework that has proven effective around the world. Here we share the differences among our three organizational archetypes—Self-Governance, Informed Acquiescence and Blind Obedience—for these key dimensions of organizational and individual behaviors.

Click below to view the difference between each archetype.

Use of Information View
  • Use of Information
  • Self-Governance
    Transparent
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Need-to-Know Basis
  • Blind Obedience
    Hoarding
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Organizational Structure View
  • Organizational Structure
  • Self-Governance
    Integration with High Trust
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Division of Expertise & Functions
  • Blind Obedience
    Silos & Fiefdoms
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Source of Authority View
  • Source of Authority
  • Self-Governance
    Values & Principles Based
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Rules Based
  • Blind Obedience
    Autocratic Leadership
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Reason for Behavior View
  • Reason for Behavior
  • Self-Governance
    Inspired by Greater Good
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Motivated by Individual Self-Interest
  • Blind Obedience
    Coercive
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Source of Regulation View
  • Source of Regulation
  • Self-Governance
    Act on Shared Beliefs
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Voluntarily Adhered to Internal & External
  • Blind Obedience
    Externally Imposed
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Level of Trust View
  • Level of Trust
  • Self-Governance
    High Trust & Verify
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Checks & Balances, Contracts
  • Blind Obedience
    Heavy Inspection & Limited Delegation
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Nature of Relationships View
  • Nature of Relationships
  • Self-Governance
    Mutual Collaboration — Make Each Other Better
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Contractual, Fair, Impartial with Community
  • Blind Obedience
    Arm's Length — Transactional
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Rewards & Recognition View
  • Rewards & Recognition
  • Self-Governance
    Satisfaction In Achieving Mission & Significance
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Rewards for Personal & Organizational Success
  • Blind Obedience
    Conformity &/or Obedience
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Mission & Purpose for Existence View
  • Mission & Purpose for Existence
  • Self-Governance
    Mission, Promise & Significance
  • Informed Acquiescence
    Success-Oriented — Reward for Achievement
  • Blind Obedience
    Survival — Coerced to Participate
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