Daily Bread for 1.19.23: Dara Massicot on Organizations (Far Beyond Russia, Even So Far as Whitewater, Wisconsin)

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 38. Sunrise is 7:19 AM and sunset 4:51 PM for 9h 31m 53s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 8.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Community Development Authority meets at 5:30 PM

 On this day in 1986, the first IBM PC computer virus is released into the wild. A boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, it was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter unauthorized copying of the software they had written.

Thinking about the Russian military’s latest reorganization plan, Dara Massicot offers an observation that applies to organizations far beyond Russia:

Watching this announcement, having watched these men for many years, I was left with the thought that, sometimes an organization is so broken that it cannot fix itself. It’s turning away from the solutions and resolutions that it previously identified and is looking backward.

On Twitter, people say of something apt: ‘that’s it, that’s the tweet.’ As it turns out, about organizations (public or private) one can say of Massicot’s observation ‘that’s it, that’s the insight.’ 

Nation, state, or city: one could find a broken organization in any of them. And yet, and yet, when Massicot describes an organization as broken, she accurately identifies the cause of a broken organization in certain and definite terms: ‘having watched these men for many years.’

Oh yes: the cause of organizational failure rests in certain people, certain actions, and certain events.

 3D printing – with a twist:

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