Why Increasing Organizational Capacity Is Vital?

Why Increasing Organizational Capacity Is Vital?

The idea of populating ideas in my mind caused me to write this buzz. We tend to populate ideas in our minds. But for how long can we populate more ideas in our minds? And at what rate? In our times it is the fastest that wins and not the fittest. So, we need to populate ideas fast. But at some point, chaos may result and we may suffer from loss of direction and not knowing where to go. I envisage the population of ideas follows the logistic map equation. It’s called the logistic map because it maps the population value at any time step to its value at the next time step:

                                                                                  Xt+1 = rXt(1 - Xt)

This equation defines the rules, or dynamics, of our system: x represents the population of ideas at any given time t, and r represents the growth rate. It is interesting that the equation shows an emerging behavior. If we increase the growth rate we get first a linear growth of ideas, till a point where bifurcation of ideas occurs. As we increase the population of minds while keeping our initial brain storage capacity the same soon we get close to the 100% capacity of our brains. This leads to the strange behavior of the population of ideas bifurcating between two values then four and so on till our brains reach a chaotic state.


We need to increase our mind’s capacity to be able to fill them faster so that we may not run into the zone of chaos. In contrast, I believe many organizations have lost some of their capacities because they neglect feeding it with an increasing rate of new ideas.

There are different kinds of organizational capacities such as creativity capacity, planning capacity, change adaptation capacity and ideas retrieval capacity. There is a need to increase the capacity of each capacity. For example, increasing the capacity of an organization to innovate is possible by using a six-pronged approach as Kippy Joseph suggest in her post titled “Six Factors that Boost an Organization’s Capacity to Innovate”. The author charts out the six factors employed in enhancing a firm’s capacity to innovate. These are:

1. Having leaders who are dedicated to innovation

2. Diverse staff who are committed to innovation and are able to make decisions

3. A clear vision of why the staff do what they do

4. Clear assignment of tasks. I find here that self-organizing teams are best in allocating tasks among them and that allowing the emergence of self-organizing teams id utmost importance.

5. Active feedback on all levels among the staff, and with what is happening outside the firm.

6. Learning and allowing for failures. I agree entirely as successes emerges from failure.

Increasing the capacities of organizations happens when people are self-motivated and engaged because they do what they do because that is what interests them to achieve a vision shared by all the staff. May be more is owning the vision. When people are self-engaged and motivated and work to achieve an organizational vision, they become fully immersed. These staff don’t need command and control; more they connect and collaborate without unnecessary interference of others.

Controlling and commanding staff will only reduce the capacity of an organization to innovate. There is tendency for some businesses to tighten the rope by applying more of the command and control approach. This is a recipe for failure. The more staff members connect and collaborate, the more likely they shall produce more innovative ideas and the more they need to expand on their capacity to populate those ideas in their minds. Command and control will only shrink their capacities at a time when they need most to expand on them.



#18 Your comments are like fuel that keep my soul aspiring to write more dear @Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA. I do appreciate your comments and I thrive on them.

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Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA 20/4/2018 · #18

Your paragraph "Increasing the capacities of organizations happens when people are self-motivated and engaged because they do what they do because that is what interests them to achieve a vision shared by all the staff. May be more is owning the vision. When people are self-engaged and motivated and work to achieve an organizational vision, they become fully immersed. These staff don’t need command and control; more they connect and collaborate without unnecessary interference of others" reminds me that more and more companies, today are giving employees more freedom and control over their work plus expanding their decision-making capabilities. A simple example is - nothing's worse than trying to exchange an item to a retailer and the individual is required to walk off - for what may be ages - to get the boss to make the decision. Thanks for another insightful article, Ali.

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#15 Instead of increasing organizational capacity some managers work on reducing it. Killing creativity, repelling talents, applying command and control and other measures with uimmeasurable harmful effects is truly a problem. Thanknyou @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador for highlighting the darkness of poor managers. The paradox is that they highlight darkness

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Thank you @Peter Stefanov for sharing the buzz.

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Controlling and commanding staff can result in loss of creativity. The six factors by Kippy Johnson are spot on IMO. During my career, my team and I experienced such rigid guidelines and parameters relating to a project that we felt like puppets. Our capacity was definitely reduced as well as our creativity.

Excellent buzz, and brings back memories of questions during interviews. The purpose of the questions was to seek employees that are innovative and can make worthy decisions. So, IMHO the organization needs the right person for management, as well. Stifling creativity can lower morale and cause employees to seek employment elsewhere.

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#13 There are different types of capacities and mind capacity is one of them. We may need our mind capacity vertically and vertically. That is increasing our thinking skills (left mind) and our imagination skills (left mind). The left mind is the thinking part, which we may enhance its capacity by connecting with others, sharpen its analysis thinking (such as asking the 5-whys). AS Einstein referred frequently to the role of imagination the right mind may expand on its capacity by going to nature and being more creative. The total capacity of both the two minds will increase greatly this way because the two mind feedback to each other. Thank you @Renoy K. George for commenting and sharing the buzz. You may also think of fear as a mind-capacity reducer and hence I find your buzzes on fear interesting.

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Renoy George 15/4/2018 · #13

I was reading this from a personal point of view. Increasing the capacity of our mind would be optimal for generating new ideas. In terms of an organization, having a dedicated set of people for a discipline would help in increasing capacity. But the question again comes back to us as individuals, how would we go about increasing the capacity of our minds? Is it focussing on one task at a time, completing it and then moving on to the next?

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#11 Jerry- Chaotic systems are what they are - chaotic and are unpredictable. Complex systems are somewhat predictable as we know roughly where they would end up.

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