Perspectives from 3G
J. Stewart Black
Anciently, (though not quite prehistorically) in what we
now call the Lawlerzoic period, the continuum was the tool
of choice. For example, leadership was framed in terms of
task oriented to people oriented leaders.
As Port’s students evolved and grew more
sophisticated, during what historians now call the
Rickasic period, 2x2 matrix models walked and
then ruled the earth.
Finally, as students reached the zenith of intellectual development and
evolution, a period that modern writers label the 3G period, 3D boxed out the
simple and matrixed minded to extinction, and complex contingency
dominated the modern landscape!
Low subordinate maturity, low time flexibility -> Hands On
Medium subordinate maturity, medium time flexibility -> Arms Open
High subordinate maturity, high time flexibility -> Hands Off
The Legacy and Our Place in
• The greatest challenges faced by the students of the enlightened 3G period
were not the 3D theoretical models but the 3D identity framework.
• The Lawlerzoic and Rickasic periods had left a complex 3D identity legacy.
• On one dimension was how research was done--methods. They ranged
from “wild & crazy” things like ethnography to “straight laced too tight”
approaches like surveys.
• Another dimension was what was researched--content. Content ranged
from out in “left field” to “main stream.”
• The third dimension was the volume of research published. Volume ranged
from an article published once in a “blue moon” to “every 2nd Tuesday.”
• 3Gers struggled with their place in the world. Was one a wild, left, blue
mooner, or a straight, main, 2nd Tuesdayer? Or some other combination?
The Legacy and Our Place
in the World
Straight Wild &
Laced too Crazy
• The top of mind issues and challenges for 3Gers had less
to do with scholarship and more to do with identity.
• Consequently, the legacy of the Lawlerzoic and Rickasic
periods extended beyond scholarship. The greater legacy
was identity perplexia for 3Gers and beyond.
• Unfortunately, 3Gers leave little legacy except that they
can say they were the last--the last to work personally with
the man who started it all.
• And that legacy--Port’s legacy--will continue long after
many in this room have gone the way of the early Porter