Gareth Morgan took this idea and developed organizational metaphors to describe various types of organizations and forces within a company.
Each metaphor represents characteristics:Brain = self-organization and learning
Organism = adaptable
Culture = social reality
Political system = bureaucratic structure
Psychic prison = limitations and little risk
Flux = continually evolving, permanent whitewater/rapids, never in total control
Instrument of domination = rigid structure, implied ceilings, rigid succession
Machine = routine, repeatable processes
Based on this summary of organizational metaphors, what kind of company do you work for? What are the implications for working for a certain type of company?
Leaders have the opportunity to identify work cultures and encourage change. However, this can take many years, depending on the size of the company. For employees, if the company is stifling creativity or inhibiting promotion of quality individuals, it may be a case of finding a different company.
There are not always easy answers, but identifying characteristics of a problem - defining the problem - is the first step of making positive changes.