Journeymen, Whippersnappers, and Genuine Opportunity
Thursday, 10/29/15 @ 4:00 PT & 7:00 ET
Greatness Through the Individual means that there is nothing greater than the individual, that the individual, no group — not the family, not the church, nor any other constituent community, and not The Skolny Organization — but the individual is the building block of society.
That is our 4th Radical Idea.
It’s very simple logic: Individuals comprise each of those, and every other, group. Therefore, the groups are built on individuals. It’s when we confuse that point — imagining that individuals are born into obligations, rather than possessing absolute autonomy to determine their own associations, choose their own communities, and define individual meaning, purpose, and values for our their own lives — that opportunity is usurped.
Whether by rank social injustice, social constraints imposed by constituent communities, or simple failure of the individual to consider options and pursue her or his own ambition, most people follow a path prescribed for them.
Opportunity withheld at adolescence festers into midlife crisis, which raises the issues of this week’s discussion: What does genuine opportunity look like in an organization and how (if at all) does it differ for the youngest members starting their careers and their older peers who would avert the midlife crisis if opportunity could be discovered?
That’s the discussion at #GTIdeology Happy Hour, framed by our 4th Radical Idea.
You’re invited to — and we hope that you will — join us at 4:00 PT & 7:00 ET on Thursday, October 29, to unofficially kick off Halloween weekend and discuss this important topic with our smart, fun, and friendly #GTIdeology Happy Hour crowd.
Here is our cool video intro and the questions:
Q1. How do you define “opportunity” within an organization? Is your definition the same as it was ten years ago?
Q2. Per our 4th Radical Idea, we believe that most individuals are never meaningfully afforded a genuine opportunity. What do you think?
Q3. Agree or disagree: The young person dissuaded from or deprived opportunity becomes the journeyman who never had one. Why?
Q4. Discuss the difference in opportunity between those just starting careers and those who want to make a change.
Q5. Have you ever been afforded genuine opportunity in an organization? Or denied one? Tell us about it!
We hope you’ll join us. If you’d like a reminder, just tweet us and let us know. We’ll be happy to tweet one at you.