Hypothermic Organizations

It amazes me how nature law applies to organizations and people. One example is hypothermia. A human body that exposes to very low temperatures soon loses its body energy. This may affect the brain and its ability to make wise decisions.

The same applies to studying organizations. I share my friend’s story to explain.

My friend was in a bad mood. He had a good job and happily engaged in his work. A rich businessperson tempted him to work for him for a much better salary. He resigned and joined the rich man’s organization. The man initially treated my friend so well until he finished an important project. Suddenly, the man moved him to a tiny office. He ordered his staff not to talk to him. He moved him from hot water to a chilling one.

My friend felt that he started to fall off balance. The man hired him to complete an assignment but then he had no need for him. He suffered virtually from hypothermia. His brain stopped functioning. He resigned with a broken heart.

We hear terms such as the manager froze an employee. Those managers cause much harm to humanity. These managers do this for a variety of reasons. These include not favoring their suggestions, excelling and the fear a manager the employee would replace him and grudge against certain nationalities.

The same hypothermic effect applies to celebrities who suffered from poverty to richness of money.

Social media has served many unknown singers and actors to become very famous in no time. These unknown singers and actors move from the chilling waters of poverty in money and fame to become rich in both. These artists suffer from “Sudden Wealth Syndrome”.  This syndrome coupled with hypothermia makes these people act in an unacceptable way.

The fear of losing fame and money and as fast as they earned them make them live in fear. Soon their minds lose the ability to make good decisions. They lose old friends; spend money to focus the light on them on showy things like buying the most expensive cars.

It is amazing how fast they can change their behavior because they started by changing their words. These sudden rich people remind me of the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi:


Ali Anani
Ali Anani
My name is Ali Anani. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UK, 1972) Since the early nineties I switched my interests to publish posts and presentations and e-books on different social media platforms.

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  1. This coupling of sudden wealth syndrome and hypothermia is very interesting.
    Nature has a vast experience, the result of almost four billion years of existence, and man, who appeared just a few thousand years ago, still has a lot to learn.
    I also believe that it is precisely the idea of not having large sums that leads to a healthy relationship with money. Suddenly earned sums, on the other hand, do not lead to giving money the right value.
    And there is also another concrete risk: that of squandering one’s fortune. Those who win millionaires can develop a sense of guilt for having become rich and start making blatant gestures towards friends, relatives and more.
    I really think that in these cases it is never possible to decide with balance.

    • Well-stated Aldo

      The fact that many people suffer from the sudden wealth syndrome shows that keeping balance is a hard task to achieve.
      It is like asking a drunk person to walk straight. Thre is one major difference though.
      A drunk person may walk straight after the effect of alcohol disappears.
      For the sudden riches they only wake up when their wealth disappears.
      Noew they go another extreme of despair and some may even take suicidal actions.