Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Starting from the beginning


Starting from the beginning isn’t as bad as many may think. Starting from the beginning may provide a lot of insight to a person’s role in an organization. When one starts from the beginning, there are several advantages and disadvantages attached to doing it. The advantages include reconnection with the purpose of the organization; shaping and molding the future of the company, and leaving a personal mark on the organization. On the other hand, some disadvantages of starting from the beginning is the amount of work needed to involve everyone in the process, a necessary period of perceived unproductive work to reacquaint others with the vision, mission and goals of the organization; and potential resistance from those who don’t understand the broad approach of the process.

The advantages of starting from the beginning include reconnecting with the purpose of the organization, shaping and molding the future of the company, and leaving a personal mark on the organization. Reconnecting oneself to the purpose of the organization is important when leading any organization. Many times leaders either forget or ignore the original purpose of the organization and turn the course of the company into the unintended direction. Researching and embracing the original purposes may provide some guidance into the effective leading of the company. Shaping and molding the organization is another benefit of starting from the beginning. When a leader starts from the beginning, there is a high sense of ability to shape and mold the organization into a representation of the leader due to the possible newness of the organization. Furthermore, a leader can leave their mark on the company. With more established companies, it is harder for leaders to leave a mark that suggest that they were there. Leaders need to be able to leave a mark in that integrates with a greater calling and purpose. Within present day society, it is very important for leaders to be able to create and/or develop an organization that is not only revenue generating, but also environmentally conscience in regards to human life, psychologically and physically. These particular aspects may be helpful for new leaders coming into an organization where there is a lot of informal communication about the current condition of the company.

Some of the disadvantages of starting from the beginning could be the amount of work need to be completed to get everything and everyone to a fluent understanding of the beginning of the organization, a period of unproductive to reacquaint others with the vision, mission and goals of the organization; and potential resistance from individuals within the organization. The amount of work it may take for someone to start from the beginning could be more than creating something new. However, in most cases, it is more effective to revisit the beginning of a company before continuing as a new leader. A period of perceived unproductive might occur because of the level of research that may need to be conducted in order to obtain a high sense of understanding of the beginning of the organization. Lastly, the amount of resistance that a leader may receive within the organization may be detrimental if not controlled and properly handled.

All in all, leadership is about continuing the mission, vision and goals of the organization considering the changing times. In order to do so, the leader must be familiar with the beginning of the organization. Starting at the beginning may prove to beneficial to the leader as well as the organization in the long and short term.

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