Great Horned Owl Family - Milnesand, NM, File #1216036
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COMPLIANCE IS NOT MANDATORY
One of the core tenants of a hierarchal organization is conformity. The idea here is one part of the structure depends on the other part doing its job just as its supposed to do day in and day out. Otherwise, they’re be chaos with tasks being on willy-nilly. As a result, your central authority will issue dictates stating compliance with specific direction is mandatory. There’d probably be a process instituted to ensure such compliance. To an extreme, the compliance process would be populated by specialist in the “compliance field” to ensure the compliance process is completed successfully. To a degree, the compliance process and it’s result becomes its own product, the product being reports on status of compliance.
Compliance makes a lot of sense for basic, traditional, simple things. These things might be precisely what your mom taught you growing up--i.e. wash your hands before eating, don’t stand outside in the rain without a coat on, look both ways before crossing the street. You get my drift.
The problem comes down to this perspective. “If every rule is ultimately important then none of the rules have inherent importance.” Clearly some rules are more important than others. But, if you remove all opportunity for judgement on the application of the rules, you remove the opportunity for the most important rules to be complied with when you need it most, at the most critical point.
BTW, I’m using compliance as a demonstration of the inadequacies of the greater iceberg that represents organizational structures designed for the industrial revolution. You can apply the same concept to any other hierarchal benefit--i.e. centralized detailed policy distribution, personal technical specialization, centralized control, and so many more.
NOT ALL IS BAD
After saying all this and perhaps getting your attention, let me make a statement, “Not everything you learned or depend on since the beginning is bad”. Oh, far from it. I am not making a case of “either, or”. I am not saying hierarchal structures, conformity, specialization, and the like are bad in every case. I am saying they’re bad as the central theme of your organization. As a supporting theme, you betcha. As a central theme, nope.
Here’s the other thing. Let’s think for a moment like a musician or an artist. We’ve all been there hoping to be creative at something. We try to get at it yet the skills don’t allow us. The drawing doesn’t work. The painting doesn’t look right. The sounds aren’t what we think. What’s up with that? For the regular arts we intuitively know the answer. We think basic skills. We need the basic skills to even begin to be creative in the discipline we desire. That all makes sense, doesn’t it. Well, why would we not think that for everything we do vs just the traditional arts? Why would we think the traditional arts are the only venue to explore our creativity? We shouldn’t.
What we think about for the traditional arts are exactly what we need to be thinking about everything else--over structure is bad, under structure is bad. Structure is a start, from that creativity can flourish. This is simply saying “creativity is the whole point while structure needs to be in the supporting role”.
CREATIVITY NEEDS TO FLOURISH
As I noted in the last two articles, the world is an incredibly changing and dynamic place. Arguments can be made that the rate of change in culture, finances, technology, agriculture, in anything is greater now than at anytime in human history. The question is how do we deal with these effectively. I am taking the tact our best hope is not to keep doing what we’ve always been doing. Obviously, if our previous best tactics have not been up to the challenge then something else, truly innovative needs to be embraced. That is pointing ourselves to embracing creativity.
The opportunity here is building a system that embraces creativity as a central theme yet has support structure that’s truly supportive of imagination, creativity, and innovation, you’ll begin to position yourself to be agile, effective, and efficient.
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