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Most people live in a “too-busy-now” mode pushing themselves (consciously or unconsciously) to thinking that they are being productive when in fact they are not.

A “too-busy-now” mentality, by default, makes people reactive instead of pro-active and certainly not productive.

The idea of continuous learning and improvement becomes simply unattainable under these circumstances and the “too-busy-now” mentality becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

How to break this downward vicious spiral to allow continuous learning and improvement to be built into the way people work every day and turn it into a positive self-fulfilling prophecy?

Being busy should not be viewed as a badge of honor, or as an excuse for not being able to do the critical work required during each day. The “too-busy-now” mentality shows a deep cultural issue, namely, a lack of a clear objective, and a rather “safe way” for workers to say “No” to the required work.

Mission and Vision Alignment Are The Prerequisite For Team “Autonomy”

The purpose of any business, in general, should be to contribute to a better world, in the way it works, how it becomes adaptive, meaningful, and abundant. This purpose must not live on a piece of paper, it must be constantly talked about it, it must be present in every action, in the literature given to clients, etc., and must be used as a lens for a company-wide retrospective.

The building blocks of positive and systemic participative organizational design and team autonomy are Transparency, Integrity, and Trust as the consequence of the first two.

Your company must ensure that each team and role that exists within the organization has a clearly stated purpose that serves the larger organizational purpose. Team members must be trusted and given the autonomy to take any action toward the fulfilment of their roles’ purpose.

You don’t want your teams just to be busy. You want them to be productively busy optimizing the impact of their work on consumers and aligned with the mission and vision of the organization which is continuously evolving.

Design properly done is the scientific method for business and entrepreneurship.

As Daniel Burka, a design expert puts it:

“By bringing Design Thinking across the entire company it makes a huge positive impact and becomes sustainable. To cultivate design thinking and leadership everyone must fully understand what design can do the business.”

For organizational design to be sustainable, a crystal-clear vision, mission, and moral authority must be present in every team, at every level throughout the organization.

The way to best accomplish this sustainable design purpose is through the Search Conference and Participative Design Workshop as designed by Fred and Merrelyn Emery.

When design is properly done, it creates certainty out of uncertainty, order out of disorder. This is called tropophilia.

Here’s to the health of your organizational design!

JC Wandemberg Ph.D.

President & Founder

Sustainable Systems International

About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant and stocks trader, keynote speaker, published author, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.

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