Organisms and Organisations – Part Two

One Body – One Team

“If we can find and identify the elements of natural resilience, then this will accelerate the flow of progression with individuals in the organisation and the organisation’s progression.”

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“How natural are you able to be at work and can you be yourself?”

Welcome to part two of this series of blogs entitled double O’©. This is a concept where we explore the parallels between organisms in our body and people in organizations. We consider what we can learn about how organisms function and how we can utilise that information with our teams and organization.

A key purpose of all the organisms in our body and the structure of the body itself is to keep us alive, healthy and functioning efficiently. They anticipate external threats, create energy and reproduce, adjust to external environments and temperatures through sensing, smelling, earing, seeing, and tasting. There are many parallels here that could be used in organizations.

We first need to establish the definition of ‘organism’ and ‘organisation’ as this forms the core of ‘double O’©.

ORGANISM is defined as an organized body with connected interdependent parts sharing common life; whole with interdependent parts.

ORGANISATION is defined as organizing or being organized; organized body or system in society.

ORGANIZE is defined as forming into an organic whole.

Source: Oxford Dictionary

If you bring some of the key words in these definitions together we create a rich tapestry of phrases –

Organized body, interdependent parts, sharing common life, being organized, system in society, form into an organic whole.

I also add to this concept an associated evolutionary term Organismic Trust, used by Professor Carl Rogers, a humanistic psychologist; that is ‘trusting your instincts, feelings, gut reaction’.

Bring the mix of these definitions together and we have –

‘An organised body with interdependent parts, sharing a common life, that trusts its instincts to create an organic whole’.

I have tweaked the above phrases and here we have a great statement for an organisation –

‘We are an organisation with a team of people reliant on each other, sharing a common purpose, who use skills that come naturally to us to create and develop our core purpose.’

This statement focuses very much on the human element of the organisation. Surely without any human element and connection, we have no organisation. I recognise that there are many tremendous technologies that are continually being developed that positively contribute to providing production efficiencies and speeding up service. We can, however, be so engrossed in focusing on the processes, gripped by following the system, and glued to a laptop or computer screen, that we squeeze out the human interaction by not developing relationships with colleagues.

There are many organisations that use the above mentioned statements as part of their Mission, Vision, and Values statement. My question here is how many of these organisations live and breathe those statements and values, in particular the human element.

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In the next blog we will explore the function of the skin, what we can learn from it and transfer into our team and organisation.

 REFLECTION

 Consider your organisation’s Vision, Values, Statement/Commitment and how close it is to the above description. How aligned are the statements to the day to day environment within your organisation? Comments and thoughts will be welcomed.

 This series of Blogs will look into Skin, Neurons, Heart, Brain, Lungs, Heart, and Stomach and what we can learn about how they function and how we can utilise that information with our teams/ organisations.

 The concept ‘double O’© has been developed by Jon Webb, Webb Development. type_dev_6