Fuck your processes

They’re limiting instead of empowering.

The behemoths of business have delineated processes because they don’t trust their employees, supervisors or management to do anything right when it is decision time.

Processes are the rails that a train rolls on, they facilitate ease of travel along predetermined paths, but they don’t account for all the other value available to an organization just off the beaten path.

Empowering individuals is like presenting them with a dual-sport motorcycle, where they go from then on baby, they don’t need roads.

roads

Value is created in the wild, opportunity and danger around every corner, with imagination, new approaches for answering previously unknown questions.

The meteoric rise of industries that were previously unnecessary and frequently laughed at is due to the founding members and driving forces behind them discovering the value that their creations brought to people and organizations all over the world. Facebook is approaching 2 billion regular monthly users to connect, share and brag. Shortly after their initial listing on the stock exchange they were struggling to meet their revenue goals and the future of the business was questioned despite already being one of the dominant driving forces of the internet.

There were no processes available the world over to help ol’ Zuck figure out how to right his ship, they had to fight and claw into new markets, creating new value for users and buyers. Good thing for them that is what the company had been built on, it led them to a 2016 fiscal year with $10 billion in profit.

Facebook may have figured something out and written new processes for their business in the course of fighting for their rise and survival. I’m sure that they aren’t sticking to those processes though, they’re simply using those well-worn tracks to get to that next stop where they need people who will step off that train and race into the unexplored territory to make a name for themselves and bring new value to the business.

Are your suggestions squashed for the sake of processes that were created for value that has already been realized? ‘No’ is not a rebuke of you or necessarily even your ideas, but it is a signal that there may not be enough value in your recommendations to change or set aside processes for new territory.

You should try to restate your proposition so that those around you catch your vision, it’s the new value that is praised the highest. Vice President positions are created for people that successfully bring new value to organizations, you can’t get there by sticking to your processes.

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