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Corporate prosperity by design

A self organised company might sound like an easy thing to manage (it manages itself, right?) but in truth it is a very complex organism in which some people might actually get lost at times. The old habit of having a boss that decides for you can become misleading when considering the essence of self management. Some people struggle to leave this old, ingrained idea behind and have trouble understanding what being self managed really means. In this post I would like to talk about one of the most recent examples of such a situation that I experienced as one of the co-CEOs of mondora sb, and also discuss one way of (un)managing it.

One day a colleague came into the office and said he wanted to go a conference in Torino. The conference was quite relevant to him and some — just a few — of the topics were actually really cool. The painful question was: Mr. Boss, I’ll be going to the conference in Torino, shall I take a few days of vacation, or will I be there for work?

Good question! I said. This colleague then continued talking about the difference between an Origami conference and a Job related one. He was trying to self manage, but he was having some trouble with understanding how to do this. The topic was becoming truly interesting and what popped into my mind was to have the entire company enrolled in a Origami course! That’s because I believe that prosperity comes from unexpected rather than predicted situations. It would be wonderful to run an experiment and see what my colleagues could learn and share with the company after taking an Origami course! I definitely think that in order to bring prosperity we should do lots of different things: for this reason we have a holistic approach towards everything, including small matters such as attending a conference.

Ok, so back to my colleague’s request. In my opinion the Cloud-aware conference was not of particular interest to the company (I confess I preferred the Origami option), so I invited him to think about the value and the prosperity of this “journey”. I told him what I would do, if I were in his shoes. If I had registered for the conference and felt strongly that I wanted to attend, I would focus on the prosperity that my actions could bring to the company. I tried to guide him towards a process of self management in which he would not only be deciding for himself, but he would be considering the needs of the whole company.

This situation is an example that I use in order to better understand my (sometimes complex) reasoning patterns when I focus on the matter of prosperity — from me (I is me) to the world (I is now). What I question is the impact that I will create by attending that specific conference or event. There are some set questions which I use to help identify where prosperity can be found or created, and where it belongs (from inside myself to the outer world around me). They are definitely something to meditate on when running a self-managed company.

  1. #inner: To me, feeding my ego or my thirst for knowledge; (What I learn)
  2. #inner #outer: To my community of workers, helping them grow; (What I give to my community)
  3. #outer #inner: To the world’s professionals through the conference; (what I expect from the external community)
  4. #outer: To the world (what I give to the entire world unconditionally)

For every one of these cases I try to find something actionable and achievable. I try to set a level of consciousness of what the impact I am creating from inner to outer world could be.

Thirst for knowledge

I understand that my knowledge is lacking in some areas and I want to fill the gaps. My intuition tells me that there are some missing dots that need to be joined together and that specific session, courses, books or other activities will help to amplify my vision. These thoughts will further be elaborated internally and will then grow externally, somewhere and somehow in the future. I mainly act through intuition, but I am conscious that this is the right thing to do. I is in me. I download information and try to turn what I’m downloading into habits.

To my community of workers (I is in it)

I understand that I am a part of a community and I believe that I am one of the senses of this big individuality. I want to help the community and I believe that the community is a part of me while I am part of it. The actions I take are going to resonate into the community. I live on the border of the community. I would like to understand with the community or my closest peers what helpful knowledge for everyone can be gained from that specific conference. I act on behalf of the community and as the community. I is in it, in the private community. My approach is extremely factual and object focused. I understand, store the facts and focus on what is happening.

To the world of professionals (I is in you)

I understand that we all are part of the community of professionals and I want to contribute as I am the community. I understand that I have to be on stage for us and I understand I have to bring my learnings from my work and donate them to the whole community. I feel myself within the world of professionals and I think that my actions are helping the world of professionals.

To the world (I is now)

I know that what I am doing generates prosperity. I am completely detached and not interested in that value of the results. I act without thinking about cause and effect, I do it because I know it is the right thing to do.

I is the now and I understand that the red carpet is unrolling and the actions I do are simply unwinding the next part of it. I am living the now and there is lots of prosperity in this moment.

Regarding the conference, I suggested to my peer that he could try to understand what was the best thing to do and identify his own scheme of reasoning that would resonate with prosperity. In the end, as a personal conclusion, I think that a conference about Origami would be much more important than the Cloud Conference if it brought more prosperity to the world. When folding an origami you are meditating on all the four types of I.

In conclusion, this colleague decided to gather some peers’ thoughts and objectives for the conference. I was there as an ambassador for his crew: I is in it. In the end he attended the conference and reported his learnings to our colleagues, so that everyone in the company could benefit from his trip.

As a company we have to move in between all these types of I in order to take the best and leave the best for the future. Let our actions of today bring prosperity to everyone — even if we are not able to understand this, the prosperity that we create will become more accessible to our children and to the future generations.

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Francesco Mondora

Francesco Mondora

co CEO and founder @mondora, first IT Bcorp in europe | Cloud Trusted Advisor, Coach and Public speaker | Serial entrepeneur | Biodynamic geek

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