Disenfranchised Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners

Balancing Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners maintains healthy and relevant organisations and teams — mature, durable and capable. According to the model, nurturing the three personal characteristic types facilities commercial change and transformation.

While I welcome any models proving success favours disparate personalities and cultural groups, I dislike the terminology. The Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners model derives from an earlier model: Commandos, Infantry and Police — even worse terms.

I dislike the terminology because it evokes the American Frontier, white settlers conquering lands west of the Mississippi River several hundred years ago. It overlooks a key group: the indigenous people, too often displaced by pioneers, settlers and town planners, supported by military might. For argument’s sake, these people are the Disenfranchised.

The Disenfranchised, excluded from the Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners model, exist in business too. An organisation denies disenfranchised employees training, promotion and an opportunity to contribute in commercial change and transformation.

If the commercial world is to prosper, every business must enfranchise its disenfranchised.