RESOURCE POOLING – A LOST ART
I fancy little things. Like the ant. I am usually awed at the high level of coordination and organization they display. They are able to accomplish amazing feats notwithstanding their individualistic size limitations. It’s not just the ant, it’s the world around us. Everything we see is built on the same principle: Small makes the whole. Whenever I take a gulp of water from a bottle, I laugh at how I am able to define its containment, but a body of water could carry a metric tonne of weight.
In modern society, there is a proclivity for independence. Societal norms now favour utter expression of self as much as is possible. Everyone can be a hero, you can do anything if you set your mind to it, and you can accomplish anything. Sounds familiar? Where does this ideology emanate from?
The 21st century was the dawn of a new age. There were major advances in science, technological developments at break-neck speeds. Hitherto impossible feats were accomplished. Myths were broken. People who previously had no natural aptitude for certain traditional roles found expression in other forms of creativity. Teenage millionaires were being made, billionaires dealing in virtual wares were sprouting like a new cornfield. It was exhilarating to say the least. Anything was possible. But there were inherent dangers.
If you look at the corporate sphere today, you will realise that there are anomalous patterns. There are so many corporations in the world today. Some are doing well, many are hanging on, and most are just dead in the water. It’s a typical case of “Everyone wants to swim with the sharks”. The saddening truth is that we are not all sharks. No matter how hard we try. There is a negative impact to this “We are all sharks” mentality.
We are all of different schools of thought. Ideological differences after all define us. Most people would argue about how healthy competition is good for market forces. This is definitely a given but where does healthy competition draw a line? As stated in the previous analogy, everyone wants to be a shark but we all can’t. There is an ecosystem to all things even the corporate world. Now the reader would be wont to label this article a self-help, personality discovery piece, but that is not the theme. The intended purpose of this piece is to bring to the fore the disharmony present which has been a result of decades and decades of monotonous humdrum.
I’m an 80s kid. Hehe. Yes I still feel entitled having transversed two generations which are a stark contrast of themselves. I remember how communal life used to be. During festive seasons we’d go from place to place, having fun and getting treats. There was no need to have a meal at home because you were everyone’s kid that day. Even on regular days, you could skip launch at home and really have a good filling at Ugo’s. Those are days gone past which I remember with a smattering of nostalgia. A tinge would not suffice.
Entrepreneurship is now an “Everyone break out and start something” affair. It is razzmatazz with a sprinkle of braggadocio. Startups everywhere and a desolate wilderness of wannabe carcasses littering the corporate landscape. The predators hunt and soar, the prey is overwhelmed, and the scavengers are always on the sidelines waiting for the next carcass.
Don’t be a carcass, be a parasite!
Laughing out loud (have you ever tried to laugh and instead said this phrase without meaning to?). You see we have to debunk some notions and deep-seethed conceptions about some things. Parasites are usually considered undesirable and vile. They take advantage of a host and milk them. However we cannot deny their existence nor can we ever hope to eliminate them. As long as hosts exist, parasites will. Now within the context of the corporate circle, some people are meant to stick with an organization who embody their aspirations and will enable them to live out their potential. Everyone achieves goals not necessarily solo. Your vision can be domiciled in another person.
Hunt with the pack
Now to the main reason for this article. In the days begone begone, in the lands past hope and fear, I bid you genie now appear. I couldn’t help but quote that line from a kiddie’s movie I saw growing up. So, I’m Igbo. I remember hearing it discussed that during my grandfather’s youth, life was very communal. People did things together. As a youth who was ready to take a wife, you would call your age group (usually your friend or members of your association), get them drinks and state your intention. That was all. You were eligible for a new house. They would set apart a day to build you a new house. In force majeure they would come to your homestead and erect your new abode. This was a cycle. Every member enjoyed those benefits. Same applied to farming. Clearing and tilling the land for the planting season was based on the same principles. It was a progressive society. This however doesn’t seem to be the current fad. Everyone wants to achieve solo. Yes society has progressed past some base practices but successful models are usually not jettisoned but adapted. If you look around, you would probably find some form of cooperative were members work towards the good of the whole. However, more people need to be made aware of this very vital aspect of the market. Imagine a cooperative where members pool resources to buy mechanized farming equipment and lease to members at a pittance. Or members build apartment houses collectively in an estate greatly reducing cost of development. This is based on the principles of the economies of scale.
Partnerships that work
There is a stigma that follows partnerships and at the sound of the word, people tend to balk. However, when you consider it, it usually stems from problems created by us. I would dare to propose a model. Partnerships does not necessarily have to be managed by the parties. I’m fairly certain this is a relatively new thing: Partnership brokerage and management. If it has been around probably not around these climes. I am talking about a partnership service which manages policy for the parties and addresses malfeasances. This is usually a heartache in small partnerships but this model seeks to address that. Have a look at this resource: http://partnerup.lensysadvance.com. It might be worth your while.