Nothing like spending the last month running to and from bomb shelters with my dog Georges to make me think. Today, I propose a toast to the global organization.
Coming from me, this may sound strange. This blog and my satiric blog focus on some of the more serious defects in global organizations.
Over the past month, my thoughts were tortured watching the worst of human behaviour manifest itself in the Middle East-beating on the war drum, mutually exclusive narratives which drive fanaticism, so much hatred and senseless violence. I found myself asking how is it that global organizations, with all their weaknesses, never bring out such evil behaviour. When I compare the behaviour of people in global organizations to the behaviour of people in nation states, global organizations eat nation states for breakfast.
I work with one team of technical pre-sales engineers based in Tel Aviv, Cairo, Ankara, Dallas, Shanghai Munich and Riyadh. Yes, there are tensions, infighting and problems of synergy. And yes, there is squabbling about how does what. Yet folks work together, laugh together, and communicate well and strive for success together. Even In the hardest of geopolitical times, the team’s behaviour is matter of fact and to the point.
Here is what I believe are a few success factors which explain why global organizations succeed where nations fail.
1) Membership in a global organization is temporary and based on achievements. This provides clear focus, sense of purpose and direction, as well as a healthy sense of the temporary nature of belonging.
2) While there is plenty of violence in global organizing, there is no use of physical force at all.
3) The desired ways of behaving are defined, measured, policed and enforced.
4) Religion has no place whatsoever in the public domain.
5) There is no democracy whatsoever in global organizing, so a huge mob with the wrong ideas has no impact. Yes, there is heavy handed leadership at times, but shelf time is limited and there is periodic life cycle regime changes.
So, Georges and I propose a toast to global organizing. Cheers!
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