Imagine an island with no roads, no infrastructure for our western luxury, and people who do what they have been doing for a long time. Sure, they have challenges, but they get by. One of those challenges is transportation, going from one place to another to find food and visit neighbouring tribes. What would happen if we would give each and every one of them a car - of course including the manual, even translated in their own local language -, would sit by their side while they started the engine and drove the first 100 meters along the pebbly beach, and would leave?
I personally can think of only two situations... Hopefully they get stuck in the sand just a few kilometres further down the beach and abandon the car right there. Hopefully they shout out some “wookoolooloo” - lucky us we don’t understand which curse we’re awaiting - and forever call us the stupid species. But some might be fooled by the respect for alien intelligence, the shiny coating on the brand new car and the promises of a better life, if they only tried hard enough. Some might be tricked into trying harder and, if that doesn’t work, even harder. Dangerous! That’s what it would be! Bloody dangerous, literally! No doubt someone would try to pull the car out of the sand and be hit in the face by it. And someone else would sooner or later realize that cars and cliffs don’t make good companions. But let’s hope that they would run out of petrol soon and not cause too much damage.
If we know all this, if we know the inevitable future in this story, why would we ever give cars to those people without properly guiding them or making sure the right infrastructure is in place? Why would we ever risk endangering them, while we only want to improve their means of transportation? Why would we, when we would come back later, take their food away if they wouldn’t use the cars exactly the way we showed them?
Let cars be processes, let roads be tools and for the sake of simplicity, let people be people. Why is it that I have seen this happening so many times in large enterprises?
Riddle Me This…
5 days ago