© 2014 Lynsey

The pecking order

After introducing Sebastian, I was delighted to see that some of Sebastian’s colleagues had got together overnight and posted their organisational chart. I made the photo and then headed off to my day job.

I operate in the bottom row of pigeons. I could be that one on the right behind the dark one. No, not that one, the other right. Yeah, that’s me, nervously looking up in case the pigeon above the pigeon above the pigeon above does what pigeons do to the pigeons below.


I do understand the need for leadership. It is the rarest thing in the land.

What I don’t understand is why it is deemed essential that structures like this remain solid and unchanging. I loathe this – I think it is actually unnatural, a perversion.

I have seen great examples of groups and organisations the operate beautifully under general leadership. When a new situation occurs, the most experienced person with the most expertise takes the lead, and the rest of the team reforms, each playing to their strengths, to get the job done. When the opportunity/crisis passes the ‘leader’ falls back into their holding position. A leader today, a follower tomorrow.

You haven’t seen a cluster that operates like that?

Over the last weekend I got a scratch just above my eye. It’s become infected. The message has gone out within my body network, and some of my team are working on the infection as I write. The entire organisation has gone and got some antiseptic cream to help from outside the organisation (an outside expert consultant); but the overall solution is being found from within. In a few days, the organisation will have resolved the crisis completely, and the teams who’ve been involved will return to their routine surveillance.

There is no room for permanent manager/leader/god in my organisation. I am a collaborative team.

21. Every day seek the support of others. You are not alone.
25. Every day your light shines for others to see.
47. Every day you are responsible.