People define organizations. We often think of a company, mission, location, or a building when asked about our organization, but the people are what makes them distinct.
A co-worker and I were discussing organizations where we had worked, and she observed my demeanor completely changed when I considered a particular organization in comparison to the others. I didn't notice the radical disposition shift until it was mentioned. Recounting the strengths of the team, I found myself, well, kinda gushing. It wasn't perfect, but there was a lot that was right.
What were some of your organizations that nailed the important issues? A particular synagogue, a 4H club, one of your jobs, a gym, an Occupy Wall Street movement, a choir, a band, or a hundred other variations where people come together for a joint mission, would all apply.
What were the important characteristics you recall that made it special?
My experience included clear leadership that was aligned and allowed the rest of the team to focus on the task at hand, vice quibbling about office politics and jocking for position. Upper management would patiently listen to input and opposing viewpoints, then make a decision to execute. Each team was talented in their respective space, respected the other teams, and would counsel with each other when there was a need to address a seam issue. Being accountable to a high standard, given the freedom to work the plan, and get backing when a mistake occurs, or a roadblock needed breaking. The team bonded and built a close working relationship, making it a great place to work.
Even if the work sucks, the ability of the team to thrive in less than ideal conditions is possible and will often build stronger bonds. Shared suffering creates fast friends. When did your team bond over common pain?
Recounting the successes you have experienced, allows you to introduce these concepts to your current organizations and begin to be the seed of growth. The 10 o'clock news will tell you all that is wrong, and it takes intentional action to push back and make a positive change for you and your team. The good news is you don't have to wait to own the company; just start paying forward the goodness you have experienced.