In today’s day and age, although we fight many new enemies many of us in Western society are disengaged. Is our culture of enterprise elitism to blame as to why so many are lost in this sea of apathy?
The Impact of the Entry Level View
Most of us in the workforce are accustomed to the multiple levels of an organization. Most of us don’t even mind being overlooked, being invisible or even ignored by the executive branch. We come to work and strap ourselves into our swivel chairs to prepare for the eight hour ride. We silo ourselves as much as possible with the understanding that the executive branch typically is not concerned with problems on the ground level unless there is an economic issue that impacts revenue.
People have been reduced to quantifiable numeric data for the elite to review.
Unfortunately this is a problem and is a reflection on how we operate as a society. This apathetic invisibility eliminates the need to care for people with less. This self-inflicted blindness is what we are seeing in society today. The higher we get in an organization the farther removed we are from the groaning of the peon and the more we view each other as a number. The scary thing is this is what we strive to attain.
In the enterprise domain, most of us do our best to keep our heads down and keep moving BUT this is the opposite philosophy of being a productive citizen and an engaged human being.
The increased amount of separation that we see between roles within enterprises is happening socially and is contributing to increased societal classism that is alienating people who are in need and this is not obvious to most people.
“Keeping up with the Joneses” has fostered American elitism so much so that we don’t even recognize it anymore. We are consistently in competition with each other.
How do we change this philosophy?
Have you ever stopped and reflected on why people want to move up, be promoted or make Partner? What if individual roles like this didn’t exist in organizations and success was collective? I strongly believe that reflection and empathy combat elitism. America’s (Bad) Elitism
The culture of enterprise and the culture of our society are closely aligned and we need to see a shift.