Cobwebs and Org Charts

Life is more like a cobweb than an organizational chart. Ross Perot

I have seen some pretty complex org charts. I understand why we have them, and why we need them. Such a chart seeks to provide order, structure, and accountability to the life of an organization. Without order, structure, and accountability, you have a Book of Judges situation. "There was no king in Israel, and everyone does what is right in their own eyes." That is a recipe for missional failure and short lived organizations.

BUT... org charts do not capture the nuances and intricacies of what is well know today. And that is the nature of networks and connections. We are more connected than ever before. (I know we can and should discuss the quality of those connections... and perhaps the "illusion" of being connected.) 

All organizations must also see themselves as cobwebs of connections, relationships, networks, patterns, opportunities, and problems. And not only see ourselves as this way, but create and encourage the means for creative, innovative, cross-fertilization of "big ideas" and "best practices."

So - who will you talk with today that is outside your part of the organizational chart?
What common issues, problems, opportunities, themes do you have.
What will you learn from them?
What can you offer them?
What creative, helpful synergy is possible? 
What would collaboration look like?

And that is just within your organizations. The cobwebs spin away, outside your organization as well. Follow the lines and see where they go.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org