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This article discusses three approaches for organizations to break free from the perpetual competition based culture that currently exists within them and their interconnections with other organizations.
It also discusses a way for organizations to look beyond their immediate function and to be connected, integrated with Earth from a human, environment and wildlife viewpoint.
Approach: All people are always treated with kindness, respect, and compassion. All interactions with people outside of the organization should be treated in the same way, in a humanistic way and not an automated way.
When an organization is formed and before any organizational activity begins. The first question that should be asked is; how do we ensure we meet this approach?
This approach applies to all types of organizations, charity, non-profit, government, profit, and all organizations large or small, the same applies.
The message to people they employ should be along the following lines:
- At the heart of our organization is kindness, respect, and compassion for all people. Treat other each other in this way and anyone outside the organization in the same way.
- All people within the organization are equal; you were all hired because you are talented in your areas of work, but from the janitor to the CEO you all have equal status and there is no power control at any level.
Where possible, A conscious effort should be made to support all people in need outside the organization, local communities, city, country, and the rest of the world.
The majority of organizations adopt strategies to gain a financial reward, create a culture where every worker and department is in competition with each other and compete with other similar organizations for even more financial reward. If the reward is not financial, then it is for status or power.
Organizations introduce incentives on the side, so people feel they are satisfied working within the organization. This is false because it does not stem from the core of the approach mentioned, it is merely there to give you the impression you are valued.
Regarding interactions outside of the organization, there is a disconnect, An example quote might go; "Have you heard about those awful things happening to those people over there?" The people over there and the people in the organization are seen as separate entities. The attitude is, we must just get on with our own daily activities. "Those people over there", could apply to people in your neighborhood, city, country, and other parts of the world.
The terms office culture, organization culture or business culture should not exist, they should be made obsolete. The mere thought of having them is the beginning of division between your organization, other organizations and the rest of the human race.
At the core of any organization should be kindness, respect, and compassion for all the people. Depending on their outreach, the neighborhood, city, country or worldwide; it should extend its support for the people at all those levels and not just the ones working in the organization.
Approach: A respect for everything around us and taking care of our planet, the only place we can live. Regardless of your views of climate change or even if you think it has nothing to do with humans; it is, nevertheless, our responsibility to look after the environment. The relationship between the environment and all living things is one-to-one.
Organizations should be conscious of all products being used. Including where they come from, how they are sourced, and consider the impact they will have on the environment. Educating people is important; oraganizations should educate people about the environment and even ask renown environmentlist to come and speak about environment.
They should educate people about the state of the environment around the world, hold public talks, promote green living in neighborhoods, promote whole foods and clean eating. If you are large enough to have a cafeteria use only products that are Eco-friendly and where possible create open green spaces in and around your facility.
Until fairly recently, unless you were part of an environmental organization there was no connection between an organization and being environmentally friendly; then when alarm bells started ringing, more attention was given to the matter.
For many organizations the approach has been an afterthought; measures have been taken retrospectively to comply with environmental regulation.
One could assume the thought process being; As an organization, we are now required by the authorities to follow these regulations and we can show the people using our organization how green and environmentally friendly we are because we cannot lose the revenue of the green movement.
Common examples of organizations retrospectively adopting a green policy, but not limited to these organizations, is a supermarket near you. Their entire operation is to cover all their bases for maximum profit; but not completely changing their mindset to only sell organically grown produce, to only sell sustainably sourced products, and help their local community build green spaces at all their locations; they will not go wholeheartedly green, because their commitment leans more towards financial gain.
Some supermarkets and other organizations around the world are doing well when it comes to being environmentally friendly. For most, however, if the costs of being environmentally friendly goes up for them, that will be put right back onto your bill.
An organization should live the environment from the inside, out, the environment should be an integral part of every organization and not just take measures because regulation enforces them.
Again similar to being a human appreciative workplace, environmental responsibility starts with the individual, but extends to your organization, your building, neighborhood, city, country and worldwide.
The focus is on organizations because this is where most of the resources are used.
Humans cannot survive without a healthy environment, but Earth can survive without humans.
Approach: Organizations should adopt a biocentric attitude; all wildlife is equally important as the human race and as such will be treated with equal importance.
Organizations should highlight the plight of certain areas of the natural world to the people they employ and where possible support the cause to save endangered animal species; educate people about how wildlife is being disrupted, hold public talks about it. The measures to help do not have to be monetary.
Unless you are part of an animal rights or environmental organization. There is no connection between organizations and saving endangered wildlife spices. There is a disconnect; that's going on over there, but we are separate from all that, we may donate to the animal rights or environmental organizations and that's where it stops for us.
Wildlife - We do not see it every day, the majority of people live and work in cities; we get some small pieces of information from news reports when a certain type of spices is talked about.
Environmental changes also affect the survival of many animal species. It is our responsibility to protect all wildlife (even if there were no problems), all creatures great and small. We have disrupted their habitats by taking the land and natural resources. We share this planet with them; it is important to remember we are not separate from the animal kingdom. We are the animal kingdom.
Humans cannot survive without the natural world, but the natural world can survive without humans.
Many of these organizations have the brainpower, technology, and money to solve many of the social and environmental problems and create a better world. The focus, however, is more on consumerism; making products in the quickest and cheapest way, to sell on for the most amount profit.
The only reason they have taken up an environmental stance is that one; regulations have been enforced and two; because they caught on that millions of people are now environmentally conscious and they do not want miss out on that consumer market.
Any additional overhead of producing an environmentally friendly product is added to the total cost of the product and sold onto the consumer.
The other area is defense spending costs. While the country's governments battle out who is more superior by arming themselves. The cost of which could have solved many social and environmental problems already. The money would be better used to progress all areas of research and exploring the universe for the good of the human race. The protection argument could be made in the other direction; all countries should not hold any armaments at all.
Similar to a DevOps pipeline, the jobs in the pipeline are connected; one job must succeed before moving onto the next job to get a successful build at the end.
The connection and dependency analogies of a DevOps pipeline can be made; that all things on Earth are connected and have a dependency on each other. Continuing that analogy, we could see ourselves (the human race) as the final deployment stage; if the things before the deployment do not succeed, the deployment cannot go ahead. A completely new pipeline can be created where the deployment stage is something totally different.
Earth-Connected because everything on the planet is connected, we cannot just focus only on the people, we cannot just focus only on the environment or the wildlife; many of us see ourselves as separate entities from people living in other parts of the world, the wildlife; the environment and nature as a whole.
All these things are connected and all these things must be at the core of every organization, making it an Earth-Connected Organization.
The discussion on all things on Earth and beyond being connected is not a new one, it has been talked about many times by various scientists, philosophers, and religious leaders.
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