By John Worne
A different way to think of organisations is as an ‘economy of help’ – help given and help received. And every Specialist-Generalist needs help.
Looked at this way, we can all constantly accumulate and add to our positive balance of ‘help given’ in big and small ways – in almost every interaction. ‘Help’ adds directly to organisational performance – and pays back in myriad small ways.
In ‘long-service’ organisations there is usually a ‘shadow economy’ of help, which is how most stuff gets done. Specialist-Generalists more than most need to connect with and contribute to this ‘economy of help’.
So what to do when you change organisation or start ‘in the state of nature’ somewhere new?
Simple – get helping.