Why Hierarchies? The Pizza and Beer Syndrome by Broc Edwards

I have been following Broc Edward’s blog for quite some time, and always enjoy his content. This post on hierarchies caught my attention earlier this week, and I wanted to share it today. His insight on this topic is excellent, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did..

fool (with a plan)

Why do organizations look the way they do? Why are command and control hierarchies so popular? They seem like relics from days gone past. We spend a lot of time complaining about all their sins and proposing alternatives so why don’t we see flatter, collaborative, and self-directed organizations? They should be more adaptable, create more engagement, and be higher performing. Yet we keep perpetuating the command and control hierarchies that we spend so much time railing against. Why do we say we want one thing and make the choices and actions that lead to another?

Good questions and here’s the answer (you might want to write this down): pizza and beer.

No, really. Call it the “Pizza and Beer Syndrome” if you like. We can learn a lot about organizations by looking at human behavior. After all, organizations are a reflection of the philosophies, strategies, and approaches of individuals.

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About Tim Mushey

Dynamic and energized sales rep, mentor and leader since 1999. This blog will be about sales, social networking, personal branding, leadership, music and having some laughs! Don’t be surprised if I mix it up on occasion, and talk about something totally different! I thrive on being part of successful, forward thinking teams. I am ready to go from the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, with the expectation that new adventures will be coming my way. It is rare that there isn't a smile on my face, as I take it all in, and have some fun along the way!

Posted on July 18, 2012, in Business, Leadership, Management, Success and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thank you for sharing and bringing up many topics that need thoughtful change. It is my opinion that in today’s fast and ever-digital society; so many are looking for human connections and think ‘acceptance’ is synonymous with ‘fitting in’.

    We don’t want technology that is 50 years old when we buy a car; yet many business structures are nearly double that in age. The generation before us tells us how it worked for them. And we spend entire careers exhaustively trying to make it work.

    It is indeed a challenge to create and maintain flat business structures and new concepts. But it is a very rewarding realization every morning for those of us who LOVE what we do and combine passion with action!

    I’m ready to spread this revolution!

  2. Enjoyed the Fool with a Plan reblog Tim. I’m doing some thinking about the type of work structures that evolve through Social Media. Your post gave me a few new things to play with in an already tangled heap!

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