Extracted from Seth Godin's book - Linchpin - Are You Indispensable?
"Karl Marx and Adam Smith, both great social economists, said the same thing: There are two teams, management and labor. Management owns the machines, labor follows the rules.
Management wins when it can get the most work for the least pay. Smith thought this was a good thing. Marx saw this as a lousy deal for labor, and insisted that the entire structure be abandoned.
What if there were no longer only two sides? Not just capital versus labor, but a third team, one that straddled elements of both? I think there's a huge opportunity to change all the rules that we've lived with all our lives. There is a shortage of this kind of worker, and that shortage means that the market needs you desperately. The con game is ending, at least for people passionate enough to do something about it."
It's a very interesting read, I recommend going to Seth Godin's Website to learn more.
Isn't that where we, as small business people stand at the moment? More and more big businesses are retrenching and getting rid of labour. Technology has taken over in many instances. There's a huge gap.
For instance, why would a big business run a fleet of trucks when there are small transport businesses who could do the job for a fraction of the cost. They also dispense with the need to employ drivers and assistants. Vehicle maintenance is no longer an expensive overhead. To say nothing of accidents and Insurance.
Certainly a lot to think about. Read the book.