In my many years on this planet, I’ve served many orgs & institutions.
I’ve learned there’s a certain type of person who has the talent of figuring out how to dine off an organization, while contributing the least amount of labor in return. People like me take a job description seriously – as in, to serve & build the org, to contribute to the constituents’ wellbeing. But the parasitical type of person looks at the org and sees not a flowerbed they can nurture, but a larger animal whose purpose is to be leeched off, sucked dry, & eventually discarded. They grow fat, accumulate laurels, & keep the powers-that-be happy.
The key qualifications they have are this: They are neither encumbered by excess competence or professionalism, or by inconvenient ethical principles.
They are free to follow the route of profit & power. They are trusted because they’re as self-serving as those already in power.
I’ve often been mystified by why orgs do not ‘work’ properly, why they are betrayed by their own members, why at key moments they seem to fall through. And now I have learned that this is the reason.
They *do* work. Just not the way they *say* they will.
Why do I mention this? Not for self-congratulation, but for people raised in a certain ethic of integrity and principle, who believe in following rules and procedures.
FIND and READ THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM of your org. The org’s written rules are not the whole story.
Be true to yourselves. And figure out how to survive. If you weren’t raised in the Room Where it Happens, you’ll need to figure things out.
When your parents tell you to be truthful and honest, but also to watch your back, they speak from experience.
You know how some kids attend schools where they learn to lead, to question, to create? Others learn to memorize, obey, and conform?
Orgs present different faces to different people, different types of people. Figure out what face of the organization is presented to you. And why. Who is reading a different face of the organization and how.