After a corporate career of over 30 years I decided to break from the pack a few years ago and start my own business. In the last 17 years I worked in a vibrant place and travelled a lot. It was intense period of my life where I met many people. I had the opportunity to connect to many cultures and worked with many people and teams. The nature of the work required intense and long working days with others. Actually I spend more time at work and with colleagues then with my family, but that’s another story. Solving tough problems together, laughing together, moaning together and sometime you cry together, when you loose a dear colleague for instance.
It actually feels if a real human connection is developing. You care for each other.
It’s amost like a flock of birds.
Al those connections seem to vanish into thin air, when a bird decides to leave its flock. From one day to the other, connections break and the flock starts to focus on its own survival, following its leader. When catching up with the flock to touch base, the flock is happy to welcome you. If you do not, their flight just continues. It seems that ‘connections’ get a different meaning.
The need for Connection is one of the six fundamental needs that people have in common. (A. Robbins). The drive to meet these needs is encoded in our nervous system. In our western world we have been developing organizational cultures around the paradigms of competition, profit and key performance indicators. Modern companies act like a machine. And what happens when a part of the machine needs to be replaced?
The ‘human touch’ in organizations is very much dependent on the type of leader, the bird leading the flock. In our society, who is becoming a ‘leader’ is mostly determined by background, the ability to pay for a specific university education and mostly based on knowledge.
A few break from the pack though and start organizations based on different paradigms. Dee Hock ( VISA-US), Jos de Blok (Buurtzorg-NL) Jean-François Zobrist (FAVI-F] and Ricardo Semmler [SEMCO-Bra] to name a few. In the 21st century, organizational cultures are transitioning to the next level of consciousness. They put the higher purpose of the organization and its citizens first, have distributed decision-making and are anti fragile. They act like a living system.
Listening with attention to the needs of the organization and acting with intention to fulfill the human needs of its citizens develops a purpose driven culture, increasing productivity. Staying relevant to the customer, playfulness, accountability and efficiency are at the core, hence delivering unprecedented results.
I wonder what would happen when a part of a living system needs to be replaced…
Do you dare to take the first step and break from the pack?