Management Craft: It’s an abomination to God that corporations should have “personhood” status before the law, but that organizations have their own life is obvious to anyone.
It seems almost a tautology that the best organizations die too young and too hideously, while the most worthless life on forever, metastasizing like cancer. Rare indeed is the organization led by people who strive hard to accomplish the mission so they can actually kill the thing and find other missions down the road. Human nature goes to pot quickly, becoming deeply wicked and ruthless when someone gets a safe tenure. Seeking one is dismissing the very vitality which makes life worth living.
Therefore, the wisest managers are equally ruthless in killing off projects which have outlived their purpose. As with Sucharitkul’s makrugh, we must recognize human life depends on people not becoming too comfortable. We thrive on trying to get it, not on having it. When we believe we have it, we die. Keep projects on task, limited to the purpose, then kill them as soon as possible.
The same goes for organizations as a whole. Perhaps you already understand that when a revolution has become institutionalized, it is the new Establishment wholly justifying a fresh revolution to bring it down. That’s because, so far, almost no revolution obeys God’s Laws, nor attempts to implement them. Given the complete unlikelihood of anything in our lifetimes seeking Justice on those terms, we content ourselves as administrators seeking the death of all institutions. The radical serves God’s will, but he becomes a child of God when he elevates it to an art.
Of course, this requires understanding the basic philosophical commitments necessary to play the loyal executioner. If your goal is to be remembered well, you have no hope. If your goal is to retire safely, you should stop now. If your goal is to do the right thing because that’s more valuable than your own life, then you are already on the path to greatness. Peace and safety can exist only inside the soul; it cannot exist externally because it has no life of its own.
It’s a basic principle of human management: Chaos isn’t particularly beneficial, but humans thrive in adversity. Need it be stated, those who cannot adapt are not quite human?
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