Imagine a person growing so big to have the body of an elephant, but the mind of a bird. Is this growth?
A company grows by making huge profits and neglects the building in-house skills are this growth? Problems start when we grow from the outside, but not from the inside as well. Growing internally is an organic growth. Growing externally is an inorganic one.
One more issue is referring to growing companies as living companies. We know that in biology to be living is to have seven ongoing processes. These are summarized in the acronym MRS. GREN. For details, I suggest this post.
M – Movement- All living things move
R – Respiration- Getting energy from food
S- Sensitivity- Detecting changes in the surroundings
G – Growth- All living things grow
R – Reproduction- Making more living things of the same type
E – Excretion- Getting rid of waste
N – Nutrition- Taking in and using food
This is besides all living systems have cells.
Can we call organizations as living ones with no:
— Sensitivity for the environment?
— Attention to growing the skills of their employees or increasing the global waste?
The global wicked problems that humanity faces on a global scale say that what we call living organizations are in fact not.
Is it a growing organization that makes huge profits, but also harms the environment? Examples include the killing of many species and the depletion of bees, the chief pollinators.
Loudly I ask can we call an organization a living one when it kills other species.
Back to one-sided growth
The problems we face today globally refer to caring to grow regardless of what harm this growth causes to others.
I believe the root problem attributes to businesses and individuals not growing their purpose.
I dare say that a living company or human is the one also that grows its purpose.
A reader asked me if Dennis Pitocco pays me for advocating his noble call “let us bring humanity together”. My answer is flat no because I allow my purpose in life to grow by supporting noble goals.