Informed Decision? No thanks.
This is probably just the first post in the chain of rambling thoughts around social aspects in the company life. And again, do not expect any answers. It’s merely a seed for thoughts. This one is related to the previous post about the EA mission I wrote few days ago.
I feel like on a zebra crossing. Days and nights. Optimistic & motivated versus desperate and hopeless (ok, it’s not all that bad, but works for the analogy:). The good days are those when I see the world as Nick Malik describes in his post. Where EA makes perfect sense and there’s no doubt about it. EA is there to provide facts – information – so that management can make informed decisions, perhaps even aligned to the corporate strategy. The bad days are those when I question that purpose heavily because of the very strong following reason:
- securing own position, justifying own existence
- raising own market value (by getting certification, doing stuff which might not make sense for the company at all)
- climbing the career ladder
- expected life-span with the company
- keeping and gaining power (getting more FTEs, more business domains… simply just more)
- covering own ass (if something goes wrong or is unmanaged, finger-pointing)
- keeping or making friends
- Toy mentality
- favouring believes to facts
- salary increase
- narcissism (“I know the best”, “I can not be wrong” attitude)
- personal life
The power of these, the barriers they can build up to any change, to transparency to common goals… its tremendous. They are by nature conflicting and present everywhere, from the highest management down to each and every individual in the lowest level of the food chain. With this in mind, do you think that managers really decide based on information, or more on the bullets above?
Aren’t these the actual driving power of a company more than any strategy statements? Would not make more sense to focus attention on influencing these soft facts? Who should do it then? Do you think that strong corporate values and identity could help? How do you tackle this challenge?