Any careful observer of big organizations could be forgiven for wondering, at least once in a while, if the sole purpose of our larger institutions is the turning of mole hills into mountains. I’m sure you’ve seen it. Some Corporate Chicken Little squawks into that business amplifier commonly known as e-mail, meetings are scheduled, resources are marshalled, campaigns are mounted, work/life balance is ritually sacrificed, and outcomes are generated which may or may not justify all the brouhaha.
One could wish this was just a big business problem, but you can see it anywhere people form into organizations and networks of a certain scale. Yeah, I’m looking at you, big media, interwebs, U.S. gubmint, most organized religion (an oxymoron given the fundamentally transcendent nature of spiritually, but I distract myself), and various other well intentioned endeavors. It would almost seem as if we gather together with the intention of making the obvious, ambiguous; the solvable, intractable; and the compelling, repugnant. Continue reading