I’m on the 112 tram on my way to meet mum at southern cross station. It’s a cold spring day in Melbourne (is there any other kind?!) and I have a bit of a sore throat, which time and care will determine whether it becomes better or worse.
I find myself at a loose end mentally now school has concluded. Or rather, I now have 3 extra days per week to organize the things I need to graduate.
Also, I have many plans for my organization which have a real chance of coming to fruition.
I’m designing the way it works with a focus on the ‘end user’ (to use the information technology terms I’m used to).
The core issue I have seen in many organizations is either too little or too much engagement with the people they ultimately serve. There is value in community involvement but there has to be a limit, because you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Further, I feel that ideas need to develop in the wider world, with small ones expanding and developing into bigger ones.
Of course, in this way it is possible that mistakes will be made. But as Steve Jobs once commented ‘at least that means decisions are being made.’.
It is with this philosophy that I’m building the organization; an ideal that with every faltering step forward, with every fall, we still have the courage to pick ourselves up again, learn from the experience and try, try again.
That, as the poet Tennyson says is the goal:
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield