I have devised a simple analogy based on the sixth string football matches played in the training academies to explain the daily working of the organisation. It explains the complex working and allows one to maintain sanity. Sharing it for the greater good.
Sixth String is an elite group which is formed based on a certain required level of skill and attitude. The skill level should be skimming the rock bottom, while the attitude must hover at the upper extreme. In a standard 2×3 Matrix of management, with skill on the X-Axis with Low-Medium-High scale and Attitude on the Y-Axis with simple Low-High scale, the Sixth String finds the prideful place on the Top Left Quadrant of the Matrix.
The organisation in itself is completely the ‘Sixth String’, with no further sub-categorisation to avoid any variety and confusion. The selection of the team is with the lowest expected requirement of skill level and very little tolerance for an attitude lower than *’Unquestioned Willingness’*. Any variation and aberations are surgically ironed out with apathy and deep socialisation. CR is used effectively as a tool for socialisation rather than appraisal.
So once you have a fairly homogeneous team, the game begins. All those who are from higher strings and are looking for meaning & strategy are found disillusioned. They are easily spotted by their distict baffled expressions and weeded out. Only the players with the defined traits survive.
Now the Analogy. Well the game is played with a simple rule. Everyone tries to kick the ball (or the other guys foot) and when the ball is kicked (irrespective of who kicks it and in which direction it is kicked) everyone including the goal keeper runs towards the ball. The first rule of kicking the ball or the foot is repeated endlessly. The endless and mindless loop allows players to be kept busy with a sense of achievement after every kick on the ball or foot.
Till the simple rule of the ‘Sixth String’ is followed and ‘unnecessary thinkers’ are weeded out we attain the symphonic chaos where everyone is busy, tired and (at a deeper level) even satisfied. Its only when a misguided electron moves out of this stable energy level and starts ‘thinking’ or ‘disagreeing’, that the delicate balance is destabilised. The balance is restored by ejecting this electron out of the system.
For the benfit of those who are still in the game or of the baffled category, this will give you the clarity to read the “Matrix”. You may not be able to dodge the bullet, but would surely be able to Kick the other foot.
Quit thinking and Enjoy the game.