To understand whether or not an organization is dysfunctional, you only need to answer one question: Which is more important, the meeting or the person who chairs the meeting? The answer to this question says a lot about an organization.
We all strive to build organizations that will one day become self-sufficient, but what does it mean to be truly self-sufficient regarding how an organization operates? What kind of organizations are truly self-sufficient? “Self-sufficiency (also called self-containment) is the state of not requiring any aid, support, or interaction, for survival; it is, therefore, a type of personal or collective autonomy” (Self-sufficiency, 2016).
To be autonomous is to be self-governing. “An autonomous car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input” (Autonomous car, 2016). This suggests that to be autonomous is to be capable of performing independently of any other object or subject. This further suggests that an autonomous group is one that can perform independently of any member of the group.
So, if the person chairing the meeting is more important than the meeting, your organization is not autonomous; it is not capable of performing independently of the person who chairs the meeting and is, therefore, dysfunctional.
This is just one way to identify dysfunctional elements within an organization. There are others. If you know of any, post in the comments section below.
Autonomous car. (2016, August 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:49, August 9, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Autonomous_car&oldid=733667768
Self-sufficiency. (2016, July 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:44, August 9, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Self-sufficiency&oldid=731853834
Literary Activism is defined by many as a form of protest directed towards or against communications, or more precisely the fiction and nonfiction messaging, by institutions of power whose communications goals are focused on influencing specific audiences (Corporate Communication, 2015; Literary activism, 2015). As Abolitionists focused their fight for the rights of the slave, Literary Activists focus their struggle on the rights of writers as can be seen in a blog written by Amy King (2015). They see the publishing industry as one in need of change.
Another perspective of what literary activism is includes the idea that it could be the use of literature as a vehicle for any activist movement (Amy King, 2015).
Read more at the link below.
In this story of man against himself, a young husband in his mid-twenties joins the military hoping to make a better living for his family and ends up getting deployed during his first year as a Marine.
He’s a deeply religious man who believes his marriage is doing great, but everyone else who knows him and his wife seem to see things differently.
Read more at the below link. See the book trailer at https://youtu.be/AUYhdPbPnPo.