Blue Flower

The other day I came upon a nice initiative for a study into a method to rid the oceans of the plastics (The Ocean Cleanup: Feasibility Study). Because there is such a plastic soup floating around in the oceans I thought it worthy to support this initiative. How? By donating money to this research project. To find money for the "Ocean Cleanup Feasibility Study" the project uses crowdfunding.

Ocean Plastic Extractor Manta

Growth Slows as Operations Consume Leadership

Businesses stop growing for a number of reasons. Even when the leaders have the ability, the ambition and the money businesses often slow when they reach 20, 30 or 50 people. Why? This post argues that it happens when operations gradually consumes most of the time to lead. The company never becomes process-driven.

92.2% of European businesses are “microbusinesses” with less than 10 employees. Only 6.5% grow to become “small” (10-50 employees) and a tiny 1.1% become “medium-sized” with 50-250 people (Ecorys, 2012.) 

Financial crisis, poor growth and other difficult conditions are typical explanations. That may work in a mature market but if you are in a growth area then you can’t blame market conditions. Instead you have to look inside and ask yourself the question “why are we slowing down?” Let’s assume you have the skills, are willing to put in an effort and have the finances to support it. Then what is left is how you manage your time.

Part 2: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the Organisation

This is the second article in a series of three articles on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. The other articles are:

  1. Maslow and the Person;
  2. Maslow and the Nation;

In this article I will look into the Hierarchy of Needs for an organization. A business starts with an entrepreneur with a good idea. Production is started. Business is going great, it begins to grow. Tasks are created, merged, split and shared. At one point there is a group of people with similar interests within the company. Together they form the organization.

 

Part 3: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the Nation


This is the last article in a series of three. The other articles are:

  1. Maslow and the Person;
  2. Maslow and the Organisation;

This is the third article in a series of three articles on the Hierarchy of Needs of Maslow. In this article I will look into the Hierarchy of Needs of a country. A country is created during the course of history. Without going into political geography a nation exists, like an organisation, of a group of people with the same interests.


Like an organisation a country consists of people. And like a person can strive for different needs the people of the country might strive for different needs and in the end for self-actualisation. One could say that all people together strive for different needs and in the end for self-actualisation. Should a country strive for the same needs as a single person does?

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the Person

This is the first article in a series of three. The other articles are:

  1. Maslow and the Organisation;
  2. Maslow and the Nation;

Within Business Administration, the Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and Industrial Sociology Maslow is well known. Maslow was among the Humanistic psychology who believed that every person has a strong desire to realize his or her full potential, to reach a level of "self-actualization".

In 1943 Abraham Maslow published a paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation". In this paper he worked out a hierarchy of needs. In order to fulfil its full potential in development a person must go through a number of successive categories. According to Maslow's theory a category needs largely to be met before the next category could be worked on.