Organic Nature and Principles


Moving Coordination From Cooperation to Collaboration

The sixth organizational tool that can be used mechanically or organically is COORDINATION. As time passes by in every day of our lives, we are constantly coordinating our activities and schedule with the world around us; even the people you’ve never met before but drive behind when you’re out. If you drive somewhere, you have to coordinate yourself with other cars so that don't you don't get into accidents. Coordinating participation happens differently in organic environments than it does in mechanical.

Moving Power From Permanent to Revolving

The fifth organizational tool that can be used mechanically or organically is POWER. In similar ways to the second organizational tool of participation, mechanical order handles power through position. Participants are set into positions on an organizational chart and given control, authority, jurisdiction, permission-granting rights, and influence. The position then demands that they achieve a master plan. The permanent hierarchy determines who holds power and importance permanently.

Moving Measurement From Numbers to Story

The third organizational tool that can be used mechanically or organically is MEASUREMENT. When we choose to operate by mechanical order, we use results-oriented, bottom-line measurement in the form of numeric, linear or statistical evaluations. What?!?! More simply, we decide upon some inanimate numerical goal like # of attendees, # of dollars made, or win-loss record and then put that in charge.

Moving Participation From Positions to People

The second organizational tool that can used mechanically or organically is PARTICIPATION. Participation is the way people are involved in the community's purpose. In mechanical order, people are invited to participate by filling in positions in a master plan. For example, setting up ministry programs and asking for volunteers to serve in the ministries. In this case, leaders invite people to participate in ways that serve the plan. They are then inserted into the manufacturing process (program) with the intention that they are a piece that can help bring about the predetermined desired outcome.

Moving Patterns From Prescriptive to Descriptive

The first organizational tool that can be used mechanically or organically is PATTERNS. Patterns in relationships involve the ways people structure and connect themselves. In mechanical order, patterns are established prescriptively; meaning they are forced in an effort to accomplish a master plan.