ASSIGNMENT >> 1. Read “Organization.”


It may be that in trying to get something going, the basic of organization may be missing.

The word organize means to form into a whole with mutually connected and dependent parts; to give a definite and orderly structure to. From this, one gets the term organization.

Organization is the subdivision of actions and duties into specialized functions.

One can organize a series of actions to be done by himself or herself. This would consist of seeing what has to be done, doing what one can do first and then the remainder as a feasible series of events, all to accomplish a final completion of an action which forwards one’s assigned or postulated purposes.

A group is organized so as to permit flows and accomplish specialized actions which are completed in themselves and from which small actions or completions, the group purpose, assigned or specialized, is forwarded or accomplished.

There is a difference between directing and doing, which some people have trouble separating apart. A person in charge of an activity is sometimes found deficient in organizational understanding and so tries to do all the actions himself. This, if done to excess, effectively can break up a group and render it useless since all members but one have no function, having been robbed by this one-man monopoly on action.

True, an active and competent person can do things better. But he can really never do more than he can do. Whereas a well-organized group, each with specialized functions, coordinated by the In-Charge, can accomplish many times the work only one can do.

Because it is organized makes a group harder to defeat than the individual.

A competent individual who has been let down too often by groups tends to take it all on himself rather than whip the group into shape and get things organized.

The correct action when faced by urgent necessity arising from incompetence of a group or other causes is to:

1. Handle it,

2. Organize the group to handle such things and do their jobs.

One can get stuck on (1) and, if he or she does, then will have trouble and overwork from there on out. Because he or she omits also doing (2).

The major failure of any group is to fail to organize.

Workers of the world may arise, but if they are not quickly organized before or after the fact, they will promptly be put back down!

The major cause of not organizing is just not understanding what is meant by it.

For example, an executive is told he is in charge of seeing that the X project is done. He doesn’t know much about it. He has two men who do know. The incorrect action is to try to do the X project himself or issue a lot of unreal orders about it. The correct action is to call up the man who does know, give him the other as an assistant and tell them to get on with it. Then, without interfering, the executive who received the order should get more knowledgeable about the X project so he can be sure it is done, while still letting the designated people get on with it.

This comprehension of organization is as simple as this—put somebody on the job and let him get on with it. On a project, make a survey of all the things there are to do, group types of actions into single jobs, assign people to them, provide the routes on which communications travel between group members, materiel and liaison and let the group get on with it.

Any job, no matter how junior, has to be organized.

Anyone in charge of people has to be able to organize functions and work.

Failing that, one gets very little done and is badly overworked. And the rest of the group is wasted.

By understanding that there is a subject called organization, that the subject has been codified and that it can be learned and applied, any individual or group can succeed in its endeavors.

assumed (something) to be true, real or necessary, especially as a basis for reasoning.

an interchange of ideas across space between two individuals.

all the things that are used or needed in any business, undertaking or operation (distinguished from personnel).

close connection and cooperation between two individuals, units, branches, etc.