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So much so is this the case that financial analysts, who are the counterpart of employment placement centers, are sometimes called upon for assistance to make the move easier.  Management is passing into the hands of professional managers; likewise financial investment is passing to an increasing degree into the hands of professional investors, and a professional investor must find an outlet for his investment.

An employee invests his capacity and ability in a company.  he also has his expectations, which include a fair return for the work that he does, as well as a contintually developing career.  Once again, he may elect at some time to receive lower wages in order to acquire growth over the long term.  He, like the investor in shares, is capable of moving his commitment.  This movement may be made by changing jobs, but it also may be made by reducing his commitment to the work that he is required to do and increasing his commitment to some activity outside the company, such as service clubs, further study, local politics, and so on.  Much of the work that is done in a company, particularly at the higher levels, requires fairly intense and continuous commitment.  Without this, little can be accomplished.  Unless the employee sees some satisfaction in what he is doing, this intense application and commitment will not be made.  Yet it is out of just this application and commitment that the company grows in such a way that it is able to satisfy the needs of the shareholder.

If, therefore, we are to say that a company is in business to make a profit for the shareholder’s because otherwise the shareholders will withdraw their support and therefore cause the company to decline, we should likewise say that a company is in business for the well-being of the employees, and unless this need is met the employees will withdraw their commitment and the company will decline. 

However, a third force must be reckoned  with–that of the market.  The market represents the need that society has for the continued existence of the company.  The expectations of the market are for a quality product at a price that is reasonable.

March 18th, 2020 ~ If there is ever a time to see that profit is not the main goal of a business, it is now.  Given the world situation with the Corona Virus or Covid-19, where the stock market has lost 1/3 of its value in 10 days or so, countless businesses won’t survive.  This is not unusual as most businesses fail.  But this is dramatic and swift.  Very few of us could see this coming.  And talk about out of one’s control.  So, no, the main goal is not to make money, or to serve one of the three triad entities: Shareholders, Employees and Market.  It is to become whole.  All entities to become whole.  You can still strive to become whole even if the business is failing.

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Subtle Truth

May 21st ~ You have the flash of understanding, that extraordinary rapidity of insight, when the mind is very still, when thought is absent, when the mind is not burdened with its own noise.  So, the understanding of anything–of a modern picture, of a child, of your wife, of your neighbor, or the understanding of truth, which is in all things–can only come when the mind is very still.  but such stillness cannot be cultivated because if you cultivate a still mind, it is not a still mind, it is a dead mind.

 . . . . The more you are interested in something, the more your intention to understand, the more simple, clear, free the mind is.  Then verbalization ceases.  After all, thought is word, and it is the word that interferes.  It is the screen of words, which is memory, that intervenes between the challenge and the response.  It is the word that is responding to the challenge, which we call intellection.  So, the mind that is chattering, that is verbalizing, cannot understand truth–truth in relationship, not an abstract truth.  There is no abstract truth.  But truth is very subtle.  It is the subtle that is difficult to follow.  It is not abstract.  It comes so swiftly, so darkly, it cannot be held by the mind.  Like a thief in the night, it comes darkly, not when you are prepared to receive it.  Your reception is merely an invitation of greed.  So a mind that is caught in the net of words cannot understand truth.

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Wilfred Brown, chairman of a large industry in Britain, who has written quite extensively on management and organization from the point of view of a practicing manager, has said:

 

"One of the features of each of these role systems that they possess very considerable power, vis-a-vis the company. The . . . systems are as follows: A group of shareholders, who elect directors to represent them, who in turn appoint the chief executive and set policies withinwhich he can operate the company."
"A group of customers--it may seem far-fetched to refer to them as a role system, but I think an analyst will show that it is justified. Individually they certainly possess considerable power vis-a-vis the company. They can, in fact, close it down if they dislike, say, its products, prices, delievery dates, by withdrawing their custom."
"The representative system (i.e., the emplyees" comprising everybody in the company . . . They possess great power and can in extremis close the company down by going on strike."

These forces, although quite different from one another, have an equality of status within an organization.  All three are investors.

A shareholder invests money because he has money to invest, and seeks for the highest return with the lowest risk possible.  The shareholder also wishes to see his investment grown over the years and will sometimes be prepared to receive a relatively low immediate return from the investment in the form of dividends, if he feels confident that it will be balanced by a fairly high growth.  It may be true that a shareholder is able to remove his investment at will at will, but when this investment represents very large sums of money, it can often mean movement at a loss, and it is movement that would require a considerable amount of  study and application.

February 26th, 2020 ~

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All Thought Is Partial

May 22nd ~ You and I realize that we are conditioned.  If you say, as some people do, that conditioning is inevitable, then there is no problem; you are a slave, and that is the end of it.  But if you begin to ask yourself whether it is at all possible to break down this limitation, this conditioning, then there is a problem; so you will have to inquire into the whole process of thinking, will you not?  If you merely say, “I must be aware of my conditioning, I must think about it, analyze it in order to understand and destroy it,” then you are exercising force.  Your thinking, your analyzing is still the result of your background, so through your thought you obviously cannot break down the conditioning of which it is a part.

Just see the problem first, don’t ask what is the answer, the solution.  The fact is that we are conditioned, and that all thought to understand this conditioning will always be partial; therefore there is never a total comprehension, and only in total comprehension of the whole process of thinking is there freedom.  The difficulty is that we are always functioning within the field of the mind, which is the instrument of thought, reasonable or unreasonable; and as we have seen, thought is always partial.

February 26th, 2020 ~

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Will is the urge in everything toward self-actualization.  Everything is pressing out toward being itself to the fullest.  Everything seeks to express itself.  This self-expression rises through interaction of what we shall call structure and process.  It also arises through two trends: one toward the center and the other toward the periphery; one toward greater depth, greater meaning, the other toward greater scope and more influence.  The four interacting conditions (structure/process, center/periphery) give rise to being.  As we shall show later, there is an inner contradiction among these four, and it is this very self-contradiction that gives rise to the permanency and stability of being.  Being is the inner-togetherness of forces that manifest in opposiition.  Function is the outcome of these forcess striving to become one in the urge toward self-realization.  In Will, the how and the why are unified in understanding and growth.  In growth, the three find fulfillment of their possibilities.

This is true also of a company.  There are three forces at work within a company: the forces known as “shareholder,” “market,” and “employee.”  An organization is a truly wonderful express of these three interacting forces within a unity or whole that find expression and realization in growth.  Growth, not profit, is the real significance of corporate life.

We cannot view a company simply as an instrument by which profit (that is, return to the shareholder) is maximized.  This univalent view does not agree with the facts.  Those who defend the profit concept rightly point out that if a company does not make a profit–that is, if it does not satisfy the needs of the shareholder–then the shareholder will withdraw his support and the company will decline.  However, the power to withdraw support also rests with the employee and with the customer.  Should the support of either of these be withdrawn, the results would be as serious as should the shareholder withdraw his support.  There is, therefore, a triad of forces or role systems.

February 23rd, 2020 ~

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Freedom from the Self

May 23rd ~ To free the mind from all conditioning, you must see the totality of it without thought.  This is not a conundrum; experiment with it and you will see.  Do you ever see anything without thought?  Have you ever listened, looked, without bringing in this whole process of reaction?  You will say that it is impossible to see without thought; you will say no mind can be unconditioned.  When you say that, you have already blocked yourself by thought, for the fact is you do not know.

So can I look, can the mind be aware of its conditioning?  I think it can.  Please experiment.  Can you be aware that you are a Hindu, a Socialist, a communist, this or that, just be aware without saying that it is right or wrong?  Because it is such a difficult task just to see, we say it is impossible.  I say it is only when you are aware of this totality of your being without any reaction that the conditioning goes, totally, deeply–which is really the freedom from the self.

February 23rd, 2020 ~  Is there a more important topic discussed by Krishnamurti then conditioning?

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In industry, “growth” commonly means but one things: to get bigger.  Success is equated with size, rationalized as economy of scale, and projected as a national faith through the G.N.P. index.  Hollywood, Broadway, General Motors, and more recently the conglomerates are the result.  A balloon, as it is blown up, gets bigger–but this is not growth.  It is simply expansion.  As many a breathless and startled reveler has discovered, bigger is not always better.  The capacity of the balloon does not grow, but the capacity is subjected to more and more demands.  Expansion could therefore be seen as using more and more of a given capacity.  Growth, on the other hand, means increasing the capacity of the system as well as the demands that are made upon it.  Partial reorganization of a company would bring about expansion or integration.  Expansion occurs when the reorganization causes those parts of the organization that are addressed to increase their demands upon the rest of the system (for example, a work simplification program).  Only total reorganization can bring about growth.  Only total reorganization can bring about growth.  Without growth the forces of differentiation and integration–process and structure–become unresolved conflict, causing fragmentation, empire building, and eventually the decline of the company.

We can therefore differentiate three forms of “orderly” change that can occur within a company:

  1.  The change of integration, which we shall call self-regulation.
  2. The change of expansion.
  3. The change of growth.

Philosophers have long been aware that our experience of the world is not simple but complex.  A few moments’ reflection will show most people that what we experience, how we experience it, why we experience it, and that we experience at all are different sides or dimension of experience.  What we experience gives rise to facts.  How we experience gives rise to functions.  Why we experience this rather than that gives rise to structure.  That we experience at all gives rise to a mystery, related in some way to Will.

February 21st, 2020 ~

Expansion vs. Growth: I have talked with small business owners, mainly in the food industry.  Recently, an owner of a beloved bakery told me she has been repeatedly invited to expand her business.  She has owned the business for several decades.  Early on, it was in the background of her mind to expand.  Now, she can’t imagine it.  Her footprint is all over the bakery and it just wouldn’t be feasible to replicate this at another location without losing quality.  Not to say others haven’t done it.  The same goes for pizza making.  An owner I know has said the quality of the dough goes down if you can’t thrown the pizzas by hand.  When you use machines, it is evident in the quality of the pies.  So, maybe many businesses expand when they franchise.  But are they really growing their business.  What do you think?

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Awareness May Burn Away the Problems

May 24th ~ All thinking obviously is conditioned; there is no such thing as free thinking.  Thinking can never be free, it is the outcome of our conditioning, of our background, of our culture, of our climate, of our social, economic, political background.  The very books that you read and the very practices that you do are all established in the background, and any thinking must be the result of that background.  So if we can be aware–and we can go presently into what it signifies, what it means, to be aware–perhaps we shall be able to uncondition the mind without the process of will, without the determination to uncondition the mind.  Because the moment you determine, there is an entity who wishes, an entity who says, “I must uncondition my mind.”  That entity itself is the outcome of our desire to achieve a certain result, so a conflict is already there.  So, is it possible to be aware of our conditioning, just to be aware?–in which there is no conflict at all.  That very awareness, if allowed, may perhaps burn away the problems.

February 21st, 2020 ~  Awareness of what we are doing, thinking, feeling.  We are such a doing society.  K uses the word climate.  Our climate impacts our thinking.  The weather here in California allows us to be quite independent.  It is hard to relate to other parts of the world where the climate is more harsh.  Being aware of ourselves.  no easy task since we are so busy and focused on doing.  Be satisfied with being Aware.

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Classical organization theory suggests that there is “the company” and that there is “change,” and these two are in some way in opposition.  Monolithic organizations have been set up with the view that the company acquires significance through its stability.  Emphasis has been put on the hierarchical structuring, and a tendency toward “power structuring” has enabled the company to acquire inertia, or resistance to change.  this inertia has a positive side in so far as it assists the company to face the forces of degeneration and deterioration.  On the other hand, the emphasis on the hierarchic structuring of the company has inhibited the generation of ideas.  It would be nearer the truth to say that an organization should be the orderly expression of change.

An organization changes along three “spatial” dimensions: lateral, horizontal , and vertical.  Its functions become increasingly more differentiated and complex (the lateral dimension).  New systems, procedures, and understandings bring about new integrations or new orientation, and there is a tendency toward different and new wholes to be created within a company (the horizontal dimension).  The organization also changes in another dimension.  As the company grows, higher level ideas are introduced, enabling it to encompass an increasing field of phenomena (the vertical dimension).

Change can occur at many different points within the system.  The emphasis on the vertical dimension or the hierarchic structure tends to resist the influence of many of these changes.  This results in the “cataclysmic” approach to reorganization according to which a company is organized at a given time and then, through a continuing failure to adapt, it reaches a crisis, at which point a new reorganization becomes necessary and the cycle is repeated.  By regarding a company as a system open to its environment, having many dimensions, each of which is inducing change, the cataclysmic approach can be replaced by a more dynamic approach based on growth.

February 20th, 2020 ~

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There Is No Noble or Better Conditioning

May 25th ~ Does not the urge of the mind to free itself from its conditioning set going another pattern of resistance and conditioning?  Having become aware of the pattern or mold in which you have grown up, you want to be free from it; but will not this desire to be free conditioning the mind again in a different manner?  The old pattern insists that you conform to authority, and now you are developing a new one which maintains that you must not conform; so you have two patterns, one in conflict with the other.  As long as there is this inner contradiction, further conditioning takes place. 

….There is the urge that makes for conformity, and the urge to be free.  However dissimilar these two urges may seem to be, are they not fundamentally similar?  And if they are fundamentally similar, then your pursuit of freedom is vain, for you will only move from one pattern to another, endlessly.  There is no noble or better conditioning, and it is this desire that has to be understood.

 

February 20th, 2020 ~