“If you read the newspapers and are satisfied with the state of the world, put this book down; it is not for you.” Russell Ackoff 1974
FINNA says; if you read the outpouring of information from news web-sites, if you believe your direct and theirs too supervisors, if you honestly believe what you are told by those in positions of power and influence and then you are satisfied, stop reading this blog post and all others like it (there are many) it and they are not for you, carry on with your life and be happy.
FINNA’s philosophy is based on finding contentment in all that we do and are. FINNA endorses the idea that value-free searches for objectives and wealth are at best misguided but more likely destructive.
Participation in life, planning and social design is an absolute must, a deal-breaker for self-fulfilment if you are not prepared to be engaged and participate. Involvement must be sought out and you must apply your own criteria to determine levels of success. It’s not too difficult to believe that another’s idea of what success looks like may be different to your own. And then once you recognise this as rational thinking it’s not a great leap to understanding that your clients will also have their perceptions, different too to yours.
A linked idea is that those around you must be not only allowed to but actually encouraged to think for themselves. Their ideals and values must be seen as paramount to in your planning process for organisational success. This addresses the quality of life question, normally expressed through negative speak about the organisation and allows for creative planning. They will say how much they don’t like being in the organisation when in fact what they are saying is that they don’t like how they are forced to be within the organisation. We are indeed human-beings not human-doings.
In an age of systems management of organisations it is often expressed and believed by many that what happens is and should be automatic. Those that think and act this way will not serve those that most benefit from the organisations activities. The organisation is seen as a way of few benefiting from the many including benefiting from their clients. The result of such behaviour is dissatisfied teams and dissatisfied clients.
Purpose must be looked for at every level of the organisation and within yourself. By developing true stakeholder value for all stakeholders the opportunity for conflict within the stakeholder group is removed.
Naturally you will meet those who want to return to some sort of ‘Golden Age’ when they believed all was good. These types of people will meet problems in a piece-meal fashion, essentially it’s the divide and conquer mentality. Life is viewed as in constant conflict for these types of people and they will inevitably not grasp the urgency of current realities. Life will pass them by and they won’t notice till it’s way too late.
You will also come across people who don’t want to change, they would like things to stay just as they are in the present. These types of people are typified by meeting change with appeasement so that nothing actually changes. The day-to-day difficulties will never be fully resolved.
And what about those who want to seek out the future, to prepare and plan the detail of change. Illogical! If the future was to be predictable there would be nothing we could do to change it.
FINNA’s approach is to take account of the past, what’s happening in the present and the range of possible futures and treat them as partial inputs into the thought and action process. A desired future is uncertain but no less desired but futures are affected by so many more people than just you. You will be affected by what others do and think, by their ideals and values.
Change is inevitable and it will happen to you.
The Motto of the Mantua Community, Philadelphia is instructive “Plan or be Planned for”
Probably the most relevant activity you can be engaged in is Creativity, but ask yourself and keep at the forefront of your mind What Purpose are you creating for?
Thanks for reading.