Days of Wine & Roses

I have no clue where the title for this blog came from. Okay … it was a movie, but I am not even sure what kind of movie. I am pretty sure that it has nothing to do with today’s mini-rant. Let’s start with organisations – Tarot or otherwise. Let’s just broaden the field a bit. From BusinessDictionary.com ( http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/organization.html) we get:

“Definition;

A social unit of people, systematically structured and managed to meet a need or to pursue collective goals on a continuing basis. All organizations have a management structure that determines relationships between functions and positions, and subdivides and delegates roles, responsibilities, and authority to carry out defined tasks. Organizations are open systems in that they affect and are affected by the environment beyond their boundaries.”

I have belonged to several different organisations over the years, some of which have totally fulfilled their stated purpose, some of which have not. At its heart, any organisation is, as stated above, a social unit of people. They are together to accomplish collective goals on a continuing basis. If you found an organisation, it might pay to remember what the organisation is all about. Primarily, it is not about you … and if it is, please state so upfront so that people are not signing up for something that is built on false pretenses.  There should be a management structure … something more than in name only. Nifty titles sound great but mean relatively little if they are not related to each other. There needs to be a purpose to the madness.

If something goes catastrophically wrong,  don’t try and repeat the same scenario several months later, on the premises that “it might work this time”. Try not to set things up that actually act as conflicts of interest within the organisation. The public is going to notice this. Don’t promote things that are only tangentially connected with your organisation – people will leave by the droves. And when they do, and they are kind enough to tell you why, don’t immediately go “WTF!” You have been gifted with an opportunity to see where you are failing. My suggestion would be to run with that opportunity.

A friend who works in the business world commented to me recently on a series of fiascos that I had described to them: “A little shake up is good for any group. It’s the Tower energy rattling the house to make sure everyone is awake.”   They are probably right – energy shifts allow us to see ourselves and others in an entirely new light.

I have been back to so many square ones lately that they definitely are beginning to look like home! 😉 I am learning that it is okay to stand back and watch the implosion, as long as I have done everything in my power to avert it.

(c) March 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

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