Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on November 10th, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Humans are naturally generalists. We can eat many different foods, live in many different climates and invent tools for many different uses. As a species, we are remarkably versatile. Organizations, on the other hand, are inevitably specialists. They succeed because they target a niche, narrow down something particular, and apply its workers’ time homogenously. Organizations, despite their human nature, are built as machines of efficiency. People must fit inside organizations to survive and some can adapt – by ignorance or by aptitude – to this trimming of life better than others. _S

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