Do you work in a dictatorship?
Everyone knows what democracy in a country is, well luckily in Canada we do, but many companies and not-for-profits end the democracy at the office door where, everyday employees walk into a dictatorship.
You’ve been there, organizational chart up in every office reminding you of where you stand. Long titles behind peoples names on office doors. Fancy meal rooms for executives, simple worn down lunch rooms for everyone else. Preferred parking for the elite, walk a mile parking for the average Joe. Suits and ties for the leadership team, steal toed boots, or alteast no casual clothes for the rest of the office drones.
Why do we organize business this way? It’s never been easier to lose rapport with your team, just remind them of where they belong on the totem pole. When decision making is left to the person at the top, that power eventually corrupts. Wise leaders push decision making to the people closest to the decision. Every decision you don’t make is a decision you won’t have to make in the future.
The worst business person ever…EVER!
My first job at Nimbus water taught me to loathe hierarchies in business. At the time I worked for a tyrannical leader (someone who I’ve called literally the worst business person ever) who did not care about people. There was a certain pecking order that people followed to their demise. Half the staff were miserable, the other half abused substances. You can’t get away with running a business like that anymore, well, if you want to attract amazing people.
Remarkable corporate culture doesn’t change people, remarkable people change corporate culture.