Priorities

Sig at the thingamy blog talked the other day about organizations concentrating too hard on the latest utility software while delaying imperatives to grow and truly innovate.  It’s as if you were to concentrate on the best toilets, he says, which also are necessary for your smooth operations, but hardly central to progress.  Sig says, “What they need is a tool that allows and strengthens the ability to combine and recombine. That’s what they should focus on. “

This is tied, in my mind, with the gradual dissolution of competition as a force in global economy, as it is being replaced by cooperation.  Coming out on top of the pile loses its attraction when it’s realized that the pile could be dead bodies.  Today’s challenges are about use of natural resources, overpopulation, and terrorism.  In the world of commerce, the question today is: How can I best fit my talents with the needs of the world?  The question used to be: How can I get more than my fair share?  These two queries may as well exist on separate planets.

But it is an exceedingly difficult transition to make, and it seems that only a very few understand it.  I did some writing recently for a large organization, filling it with optimism and a cooperative spirit, and it was edited by the client to be the statement of competitive force that habitually shores up his confidence.  And that no one is likely to read with any enthusiasm or hope.

One can rail and preach, but it’s rather pointless.  The truth will assert itself and hardly needs assistance.  In all our endeavors, we are now challenged to ‘combine and recombine’ for our very lives.  Any effort that sets me ahead of others is an illusion:  it is only when I’m able to set others ahead that I’m actually progressing.

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