An epiphany about Bureaucracy

So, we’ve all work/worked with or in organizations that seemed bureaucratic, in-efficient and un-organized. While working in or with these organizations we begin to wonder how the organization became so hard to deal with. Why can’t they do the right things?
While working today I had an epiphany.
Bad organizations exist due to a series of bad decisions and over time the origins of these bad decisions become lost. The repercussions of the bad decisions become ingrained into the organization’s culture. People who have worked in the organization come to accept the culture as valid, although they subconsciously know something remains foul. New people who enter the organization openly question the stupidity of the culture and, naturally, are isolated and either rehabilitated so the culture makes sense to them or are expunged from the organization (culture).
By the mere fact that so many bureaucratic organizations exist is testament that individuals eventually conform to the culture. Bureaucratic organizations do get work done. But the work is not necessarily done in the most efficient and cost effective manner. In order for the organization to function, individuality must be purged, independent though can’t exist – hence the first indication that you work in a bureaucratic organization is that change is resisted and there is no valid explanation for not changing.
With this epiphany comes the realization that changing a bureaucratic culture is an uphill battle. Although I preach the greatness of what one person can do, I find myself lately questioning the desire to put forth such effort.
Here’s hoping you don’t work in this kind of culture.
Definition of epiphany: 3 a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure b : a revealing scene or moment.
Definition of bureaucracy: a system of administration marked by officialism, red tape, and proliferation.


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