Relationship priorities

Hugh MacLeod, of Gaping Void, is a rare bird: an artist who consistently and rather successfully interfaces with the corporate world while retaining full artistic sensibility.  Look at this thought he gave us last Friday: “… the hard bit of having a “good idea” is not the invention of it, nor the selling of it to the end-user, but managing the myriad of politics and egos of the people who are supposedly on the same team as yourself. Managing the vast oceans of human chaos that all enterprises ultimately are, underneath the thin veneer of human order.”

Certainly this sums up my fairly lengthy experience in the working world.  It’s a major reason why I’m now a solopreneur.  It used to be shocking to me that fellow workers would routinely put my requests of them on the bottom of their lists.  To me, the needs of others within my company had absolute top priority.   But the pervading sentiment seemed to be that if a fellow employee asked for it, it can wait, sometimes indefinitely.  After all, I was their peer, and their loyalties lay exclusively with the bosses or the buyers.

In a family, we would call this dysfunction.  In a family, we know that love and loyalty are due first to those to whom we are related.  We work hard to understand and support one another as a paramount responsibility in life.  But in business, somehow, our ‘families’ are taken for granted, and often abused.

Our power, money, savvy, and technology have led us to believe the corporation is invincible.  But if we spend only a little time looking underneath this assumption, ” … the vast oceans of human chaos … ” are readily apparent.  As this work week begins, consider the value of your work ‘family,’ and see what happens to morale and productivity if you place their needs on the top of your list for a change.

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