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Joel Orr’s Book is a Masterpiece

August 2, 2004

Filed under: review — Terry Wohlers @ 11:08

A remarkable piece of work. An amazing collection of thoughts and ideas. These words refer to Structure is Destiny: The Dandelion Paradox, a book authored by consultant and visionary Dr. Joel N. Orr and published recently by ZEM Press. A major part of the book discusses greatness and what it is (and is not) to be great. Much of greatness, Joel believes, comes from how an organization is structured. Most are organized in a hierarchical fashion, like pyramids where great people are buried, he proclaims. Joel proposes a family-like structure that he compares to the growth and self-replication of the ordinary dandelion. “Great organizations promote individual greatness, are structured like families, and founded on the respect for individual rights,” Joel explained in the opening of the book.

Anyone can relate to Structure is Destiny and benefit from the principles that are so gracefully detailed in it. Some of the pages that resonated with me most are those that discuss accountability, honesty, integrity, and commitment. His words came to me at a time when I was (and still am) recovering from the betrayal of a friend’s trust. I began to highlight sentences and found that I was highlighting entire pages. I felt that they were written specifically for me. Others have given similar accounts of Joel’s extraordinary ability to speak and write. I have had the privilege of knowing Joel personally for more than 20 years and have utmost respect for him as a person, for what he says, and for how he conducts his life and business. 

Many of Joel’s thoughts, and the expression of them, are profound. Joel has a very special way of weaving into his publications and public speaking subject matter from across wide-ranging disciplines, people, and periods of time that grip your attention. His new book is an exceptional example of it. 

Indeed, Joel Orr is a genius in every sense of the word and his new book is a reflection of his brilliance. I recommend the book to those who want to consider a much-improved way of restructuring their organization, whether it is a small, family-owned business or Fortune 500 company. The ideas also apply to professional societies and associations, clubs, government agencies, and other types of organizations. Every organization, regardless of size, age, or focus, should consider its principles. To learn more about the 206-page softbound publication, visit