Organizational Aerodynamics – Chapter Four – The Organizational Theory of Everything

Organizational Aerodynamics

(Copyright 2000, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Chapter Four – The Organizational Theory of Everything

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Welcome back to Organizational Aerodynamics, which looks at our lives, families, organizations and businesses through new and unique perspectives in order to improve both our lives and the world around us.  Today’s lesson is about Organizational Community – helping us to see individuals and organizations as a collective, collaborative, inclusive and interconnected community.  Everything in life is connected in some way, shape or form to everything around it and the same holds true for our lives, families, organizations, businesses and communities.  We all depend on the greater community around us, just as the community depends on us.  We’re all inextricably connected and dependent on one another in today’s modern life. When applied to organizational theory, I call this connectedness…

The Organizational Theory of Everything – We represent everything and everything is represented in us.

1.  Individuals and organizations are a collective, collaborative, inclusive and interconnected community.

Quality theory often refers to internal and external customers of an organization or businesses, but this is a very simplistic, black and white view of employees and customers as if they were two completely different entities.  In reality, each person represents everyone and everyone is represented in each person within a seamless and transparent continuum.  Individuals are free within any given community to discuss, appreciate, influence, purchase, gravitate, vote, like, return, mix, use, refer, dislike, mingle, favor, migrate, focus, blend, join, recommend, debate, follow, critique and enjoy each and every aspect of life in the community and world around us.  This means that every individual in the world is potentially connected to everything we do and are part of.

2.  Each person represents everyone and everyone is represented in each person within a seamless and transparent continuum.

3.  Every individual in the world is potentially connected to everything we do and are part of.

If we consider any one individual then, we need to take into account everything they possibly represent through the full-range of the options available to them.  A single voice or opinion travels just as easily between two people or around the world today and the community they’re part of is never static, but ebbs and flows on a continual basis.  Many models of communication refer to levels of communication that connect us all to everyone else in the world, however, today with the advent of social media, we’re all just a single follow, like or circle away from being connected to almost everyone else – which means the entire world is our community.

4.  We’re all just a single follow, like or circle away from being connected to almost everyone else.

5.  The entire world is our community.

When we look at any one person, whether they’re part of our family, organization, business or community, we should see them as connected to everyone else – just as you and I are.  We’re all either potentially, indirectly or directly connected to each other and these connections between us are fluid and never static.  The person we meet today may be directly part of our world tomorrow.  That makes everyone in the world a potential friend, colleague, customer, supplier, adviser, connection, BFF, reference, influencer, in-law, referral, mentor, opinion maker, entertainer, boss, advocate, donor, buddy, submitter, reviewer, spouse, helper, rescuer, healer, pal, counselor, spiritual adviser, etc.  In other words, when we think of any other person in the world – family, friend, colleague or stranger – we should think of everyone as being connected to us within the worldwide family of mankind.

6.  We should think of everyone as being connected to us within the worldwide family of mankind.

Another way of thinking about people and organizations alike, is to look at them within individual communities or circles organized around a like-minded purpose.  People and organizations united in common purpose and association are best represented by a circle – family, organization, business, school, group, online community, association, work, gender, industry, club, church, field, trade, ethnic group, organization, neighborhood, social club, political party, hobby, neighborhood, city, state, country, etc.  One person can be part of as many or as few individual communities or circles as they choose to associate with, which results in an overlapping density of shared circles of direct and indirect influence.  Every person then represents all the circles or organizations they’re part of.

7.  Every person represents all the circles or organizations they’re part of. 

Everyone is also part of an economic ecosystem of earning and spending power.  Everyone’s economic participation contributes to the well-being of the greater community far beyond each person’s individual purchasing power, just as one person’s vote contributes to the entire democratic process.  Think of the entire economic community as a wide-ranging recycling center – continuously processing money, goods and services as everything exchanges hands within a community.  One person’s paycheck is another person’s sale of a good or service, charitable contribution or bank deposit.  One person’s economic transaction represents the entire economic community and the entire economic community is represented in each individual purchase or exchange.

In very much the same light as an economic community, we are all part of a greater community of health and well-being.  Just as we can view issues of health and well-being on an individual level, entire communities can be viewed as the sum of the health and well-being of its members.  Society can be viewed as healthy or unhealthy just as easily as an individual can in terms of happiness, fitness, age, lifestyle, geography, behavior and/or disease.  Individual members of a community are simply a microcosm of the community and the community as a whole is represented in each individual member.

8.  Individual members of a community are simply a microcosm of the community and the community as a whole is represented in each individual member.

Individuals and their communities can be looked at through the lens of any subject one desires.  We all represent the community we’re part of and our community is reflected in us as well.  Whenever we meet or talk to someone, we’re engaging with a personal representative of the world community and theoretically engaging with the world community as well.  We should see in each person everything they represent to us, as well as everything we represent to them…making us all one family of mankind.

9.  Individuals and their communities can be looked at through the lens of any subject one desires.

10.  We should see in each person everything they represent to us, as well as everything we represent to them…making us all one family of mankind.

The lens of our perspectives determines what we will see in each other.  In many respects, we see what we want to see in others and others see what they choose to see in us.  If we want to see kindness, generosity and character in others, we need to be that example of kindness, generosity and character we want to see in them.  To see in others the best humanity has to offer, we should then mirror it for them to see in us as well.  It’s as simple as that. We reflect the communities we’re part of just as our communities are mirrored in us.  To take your life, family, organization, business or community to new levels, mirror in yourself what you aspire to be.  Demand of yourself first what you want to see in others and watch your world evolve as others see in your life what they choose to emulate in theirs!

11.  The lens of our perspectives determines what we will see in each other.

12.  We see what we want to see in others and others see what they choose to see in us.

13.  To see in others the best humanity has to offer, we should then mirror it for them to see in us as well.

14.  We reflect the communities we’re part of just as our communities are mirrored in us.

15.  To take your life, family, organization, business or community to new levels, mirror in yourself what you aspire to be.

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The Organizational Theory of Everything

“We represent everything and everything is represented in us”

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1.  Individuals and organizations are a collective, collaborative, inclusive and interconnected community.

2.  Each person represents everyone and everyone is represented in each person within a seamless and transparent continuum.

3.  Every individual in the world is potentially connected to everything we do and are part of.

4.  We’re all just a single follow, like or circle away from being connected to almost everyone else.

5.  The entire world is our community.

6.  We should think of everyone as being connected to us within the worldwide family of mankind.

7.  Every person represents all the circles or organizations they’re part of.

8.  Individual members of a community are simply a microcosm of the community and the community as a whole is represented in each individual member.

9.  Individuals and their communities can be looked at through the lens of any subject one desires.

10.  We should see in each person everything they represent to us, as well as everything we represent to them…making us all one family of mankind.

11.  The lens of our perspectives determines what we will see in each other.

12.  We see what we want to see in others and others see what they choose to see in us.

13.  To see in others the best humanity has to offer, we should then mirror it for them to see in us as well.

14.  We reflect the communities we’re part of just as our communities are mirrored in us.

15.  To take your life, family, organization, business or community to new levels, mirror in yourself what you aspire to be.

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