So, you want to know about the organizational imperative, do you? Well that’s good, and it will form a foundation for you to understand so many new philosophies in business and daily life being made possible by the digital millennium. But, if you want to talk about this, we’re going to step way outside business sciences and training sciences (which is the biggest part of change) to do it. Because it goes way beyond that, and has far deeper roots in the kinds of creatures we, species homo sapiens, actually are.
What This Means:
Well, the organizational imperative is the directive in a group of people, all working to accomplish a singular task, or tasks that share the same goals and different parts of the same base requirements, forming a structured, symbiotic organization intended to achieve more effectively and reliably, said goal. That’s the basic definition of it, as long winded and pretentious as it may sound.
But, what it basically reflects is a few instinctual things that are part of human nature. These include the natural tendency to group together for “safety in numbers”, which was the beginnings of communal behavior in our ancestors.
Of course that alone is just the basic drive behind large population groupings. It’s the imperative for everyone to work together, and off of each other’s strengths, weaknesses and unique personalities and views, to form a well-fitted machine that converted that from huddling together in caves, to the many nations, great cities and diverse, complex cultures in our world today.
We all naturally seek a purpose, a purpose which serves the rest of civilization while engaging us and making the best use of our individual identities and mentalities. We’re wired to do this, or we’d never progress, never evolve.
In learning, this imperative formed the first structured education systems of modernity. Government education systems, collegiate councils and so on are the first inklings of this, and it greatly strengthened when something wonderful happened in recent times.
The information age drastically accelerated our tendency to move to cooperative and organizational methodologies in business and learning. The limitations of technology and knowledge distribution kind of forced a rigid learning model in the past, which prevented organizational imperatives from going much past “alone in an organized crowd”.
The internet, with its real time communication of any kind of data, instantaneously over any device, has changed this. Information is accessible and transferable from anywhere to anywhere without a degree in computer sciences, and advanced modern software has allowed new organizational models and mentalities to easily become real.
Ramifications in Change:
This more dynamic, social interactivity between all parts which sum up the whole alleviates training issues by playing off those same strengths, weaknesses and unique mindsets, as with the concept of civilization and law themselves.
Along with that, it also helps everyone help each other collectively overcome the barriers of speed of change and resistance to change as well.
What to Walk Away With:
The thing about understanding the organizational imperative which I want you to take away is that when confronted with the idea of adopting organizational methodologies when they come along, is just natural so it’s worth your time to learn about.
Chris is the Lead Author & Editor of Change Blog. Chris established the Change blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Change Management.