If we want your opinion, we will give it to you….(How many Top down managers talk down at their workers)
Balance isn’t either/or; it’s and.
Stephen Covey,First things First
THE READING GROUP PERSPECTIVE
“What is the purpose of this organization?”
Stephen Covey, in his book ‘First things First” talks about the embarrassment, surprise of the top executives of many organizations in which he did a survey and asked – the purpose of the organization to different persons in the work place, working group, a board of directors, board of trustees, or even a family. The varied answers showed that there was no shared vision, no deep burning ‘yes’ and this led to dysfunctional misalignment.
Over the years, we have had a Reading Group, in which we see a work of art, literature, management, biography and use it as a Framework guide for our discussion. We come together and see the particular circumstances in which the work was written, and how this can be read into our particular circumstances.
Who are the stakeholders in an organization?
We read –Tuesdays with Morrie, the classic of Mitch Albom and use it as a framework to answer the question of who should be the stakeholders to be kept in mind, when thinking about an organization or group.
20 years since Morrie Schwartz passed away, this book continues to inspire and guide many.
We read this book with different sets of people, a group of primary school students, a veteran in nursing sector in Tripoli-Libya, and a group of medical consultants –expatriate foreign workers in Tripoli.
Using “Tuesdays with Morrie” the sociology professor who was interviewed by his student, in his last days, we tried to answer the question- who are the stake holders in an organization?
In the book, Morrie talks about an exercise he did in his sociology class. The students were supposed to fall backwards and let their partner –one class mate, check the fall. Many students felt a bit uncomfortable and were not able to fall backwards freely, as they could not trust their partner totally, to check the fall. One girl closed her eyes and was able to fall freely backwards. Her fall was checked in the last moment by her partner. Why was she able to fall back freely? The answer was probably in being able to close her eyes. The other students tried to fall back with their eyes open, making it difficult for them to totally trust that their fall will be checked.
Some questions from Morrie
1-Have you found someone to share your heart with?
2-Are you giving to your community?
3-Are you at peace with yourself?
4-Are you trying to be as human as you can be?
This week, we will re-read “Tuesdays with Morrie” again, and help talk about some Life Lessons, what we can give to the community and how.
Reading Group Tasks
- Try to see any one organization of which you are part of and write down who you think are the stakeholders in it
For example- In a family, the present immediate family, past generation, extended family, friends and future generations were listed as stake holders who have to kept in mind when drawing any perspective.
- Answer in True or False
2-1 – The Reading Group, sees a work of art, literature, management, biography and uses it as a Framework guide for discussion.
2-2- Morrie Schartz was a History Teacher
2-3- In the exercise of ‘falling backwards freely’ the girl who kept her eyes open was able to fall back without hesitation