It’s interesting to note that many organizations that are today’s Fortune 500s, the Silicon Valley startups, the multinationals, among others were founded within the confines of a small room, a garage, a backyard, and so on. They started with one thing in mind. It was the intentionality on that one thing that helped them stay in business, helped them grow, and helped them thrive. Look at them today – a behemoth!
It is also disinteresting to note that the ‘internationals’ have grown so big that they forgot the key factor that necessitated their being and gave them the gigantic status. Between intentionality and internationalization, there is a key that must remain!
What is the key?
As an organization grows bigger there is a tendency – and that very high, as time and size changes – to lose the impetus for their people. The focus tends to the bottom line. Profits have to increase, cash flow must continue, costs have to be reduced, and the ilk. All these are fantastic pointers to organizational survival. Money makes the world go round, we often say. But the people are even more important to organizational growth for they make the money which makes the world go round.
Humans are the most important asset to an organization. From the 1st customer/volunteer/intern/staff to 2, 5, 1,000,000 et al, this consciousness must remain. It must abide within the body politic of the organization. It must be reiterated and passed down across generations and layers of leadership.
And this is not restricted to ‘but we pay them well’, ‘hire and fire’, ‘reports and queries’, and all the motivations and restraints that HR institutions may consider as best practice. The Human – young, old, male, female, short, tall, blacks, whites, Arabs, Hispanics, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, atheist, agnostic – want to be seen, they want to be heard, they want to be respected, and they want to grow as the organization grows. They don’t want to be left behind.
There should be participation. There should be inclusion. There should be shared fulfilment. That’s how the organizations started. That’s how they grew. That’s how they must continue.
Between intentionality and internationalization… the humans must abide.
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Abayomi Oyelami is a creative who does everything writing – books, memoirs, articles, online blogs, newspaper columns, social media contents, and a bit of poetry. He is the editor of Trek Africa Newspaper, Nigerian news weekly with focus on business and governance; content curator for the website and social media for a Lagos-based health NGO, Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI), and the author of a children’s classic, Finding Purpose for Kids. His personal blog, www.yomisjournals.com.ng is a pot pourri of interesting and educating content that will drive you to significance. The fellow of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) believes now is the time for Africa to take her pride of place and Africans should brace up for the task. ‘Yomi is black to the bone! Find him across all social media @yomioyelami