Friday, April 24, 2009

A Geograghy of Organizations

Some organizations are like glaciers, some are like springs. Some organizations are like lava and some are just rocks. Think about them:

Glaciers--big, cold, slow moving :: occasional changing but otherwise just pushing obstacles out of the way over a few million years

Springs--attractive and cool :: provide life and sometimes create their own micro-environment where plants and animals survive that cannot otherwise live in the surrounding ecosystem (think of an oasis)

Lava--slowly flowing but hot :: creates something new as it settles into place and begins cooling

Rocks--created by year after year of adding new sediment and years of constant, intense pressure :: static-only changed by some outside force

Which one of the above best describes your organization? I'd like to think that where I work is like a spring or lava--things change over time as we work to create a new environment. I think we're like a spring when we work to make the library a community center where people come to read, learn, and share. Then again we're like lava when it comes to some old-school library things like date due stamping (we're working at a slooooow shift away from the stamps).

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