Survival of the Fattest Egos – Just a Thought

I was browsing through the tag “Corporate Culture” and I came upon this post from Antonis Hontzeas. I thought that this was an excellent reflection on the prevalence of “group-think” and “manager-kiss-up” that happens in larger corporations:

http://considerations.wordpress.com/2007/05/18/on-the-corporation/

Nicely, put! But even more thought-provoking is the notion that there’s probably a reason for the sluggishness that results from “group think” and “a _ _ kissing:”

However, this may be considered part of corporate natural selection. If large companies didn’t have this kind of weakness, then smaller companies wouldn’t be able to survive and eventually grow.

Wouldn’t that be great! It just makes me warm inside to think of all the people in start up or blossoming companies who have the hunger in their gut to rush past the gigantic tortoise of the large corporation. Now if they could only gob up the patent attorneys that work for big companies. If I could write a superhero comic book farce it would probably be about the “little-guy” (I’m thinking he’s an impish otaku-like character) socking it to the “big man.”

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2 Responses to “Survival of the Fattest Egos – Just a Thought”


  1. 1 Herman Najoli June 19, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Makes me wonder: Why did lizards survive the pre-historic age yet dinosaurs were eliminated? Natural selection. What was the cause? Climate change. Corporate culture is like climate. If you can’t handle the change in climate you will soon be extinct.

  2. 2 nkilkenny June 19, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for the post, H. That’s true, and sometimes it seems that the folks within the corporation are too wrapped up in their own ‘bigness.’ That they aren’t fit or able to see the need to change. I guess it makes sense, when you are that big you develop infrastructures and bureaucracies that slow you down, clog up your output. Countries and nations are similar to companies. China in the past prior to the Communist Revolution is historical example of a bureaucratic body that was not capable of rapid change. As James Burke from the show “Connections” points out, some of the most influential inventions came from China (paper, weaving, gunpowder); however, there wasn’t a lot of room for making connections and building and therefore moving forward with these inventions in China (probably because of the bureaucracy). Perhaps the cost of maintaining stability for such a long period of time was that the country underwent the drastic change under communism.


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