The Mortar that binds us together

by Rowley, Mike on 2/7/2013 6:17 PM
It seems to me that when we act as a business we always come back to organizing ourselves in a hierarchical manner – a pyramid – echoing the stability and strength of those ancient structures. Let me offer an observation about such grand buildings: it is the mortar, not the bricks, which contains the true power. It fills the gaps, binds the bricks, and really holds the assembly together.
In our organization, some of our top talent recognizes this. They act more like mortar than bricks. They socialize and network with as many people as they can, and really hold our organization together. These people can work across departments and boundaries to connect the blocks and bricks that support our company. The problem is that we don’t have enough of these people, especially at lower levels in our organization!
Think about it: who can order support, development, and sales to work together at the mid- and small-team levels in our organization? No one. If there is a problem between departments, even for a very small client concern, it has to be escalated to the highest levels to get any work done. Not only does this waste the talents of our leaders, it wastes their time, too. They can’t focus on building strong teams because they are always putting out fires.
My idea would be to form many cross-functional teams between departments to become the mortar in our organization. They would work at the entry, mid, and enterprise levels of scope to foster efficient working relationships with other departments, break down the barrier of outmoded procedures and encourage personal responsibility across our service areas. We all have our specialties, but we are not using them as a team. In my mind every employee would remain part of a traditional department, but also be on a customer service team with members of other departments. Each team would address client issues together. These interdepartmental teams would be assigned to specific clients so they can grow the relationships to new levels.


Moving forward with Pax per Fidem

Pax per Fidem or the long version, Pax in Orbe Terrarum per Fidem. Meaning Peace on Earth through Transparency will be the next step or move made by myself.

Website design is finished. 

Unfortunately Peace through transparency is only transparent at this time to the member states. Although it can be said that the ideals of the Hamilton Project are integral to Pax Fidem.

We will announce more news as it happens.

Reading List

The Last Theorem – By Arthur C. Clarke and Fredrick Pohl. ISBN 978-0-345-47023-2
Why read this? The Next contact list will be based on some of the ideas expressed in this book as we are in agreement. Specifically, an transparent world organization consisting of island nations. Why? Because I believe we can use the lessons learned by island states to better express and do what we need to do on the planetary island of Earth. Using there examples of limited resources we can expand this to the more complex supply chains and production of the world and how it is managed so that we all benefit.

Proposal to use main body of text of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution as a basis of limiting warfare.

第九条 日本国民は、正義と秩序を基調とする国際平和を誠実に希求し、国権の発動たる戦争と、武力による威嚇又は武力の行使は、国際紛争を解決する手段としては、永久にこれを放棄する。
二 前項の目的を達するため、陸海空軍その他の戦力は、これを保持しない。国の交戦権は、これを認めない。

The official English translation of the article reads:

“ ARTICLE 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. (2) To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

-Changing “the Japanese people” to “the people and nations of Earth”
-Changing “The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized. ” to “maintain the right to become belligerent if attacked while in a state of neutrality.”