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On the Usefulness of Organization

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What if I had said "hierarchy" instead of "organization?" Would you have a different reaction.

Like many people, I have spent considerable time fighting hierarchy. It is often necessary to do away with the old because it just doesn't work anymore. It always feels like the structure is there to slow you down, to prevent you from acting as fast as it feels you need to act.

Is that always true? 

Although we rebel against hierarchy, without clear and structured organization we fall apart, bit by bit. Chaos doesn't need a catalyst to cause catastrophic results. 

It may (often!) be better to pause. Breathe. Ponder. Test. Ask.

While many a manager has stood in my way during ambitious projects -- guess what? The times that they were right to slow the project down in order to "get it right" and in order to weigh all of the side-effects made profound differences in the effort. 

Move quickly, yes, but not so quickly that you break what you'd considered unbreakable. Oh, and it is all breakable.

-- doug smith

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