Saturday, 27 September 2008

Culture change

I had forgotten what working in an organisation was like, I think. Political. Bureaucratic. Sometimes dysfunctional.

It is curious. Seemingly bright and intelligent individuals come together to achieve less than the sum of their parts.

And there comes a time when you think, where can I do most good? At an individual or organisational level? Sure, successful organisational change can work, but are individual level interventions on average the way to create most good in the world?

If organisational change is to work two features seem to be important. Clarity of direction from the top and knowing how to win arguments below. I guess the former just takes time and patience, but without the latter, you are doomed.

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