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First Principles of a Successful Organization

By Sumay and Mr WEquil

Written on WEquil Live ...

Organizations formed the beginning of civilization. Before organizations existed there were only two precedents for humans coming together to achieve a shared purpose...the family and the tribe. These two examples met the definition of an organization, but lacked an ability to create new purposes beyond survival until the Cognitive Revolution. Today there are limitless and growing numbers of organizations with a shared purpose around supporting a country, entertainment, learning, cryptocurrencies, family, neighborhoods and the list goes on.

What are the first principles that help organizations succeed? That is the question we try to answer in this article. We believe the answer comes down to three qualities….community, cost to collaboration, and incentives to contribute.

Community … shared mission and values

The first principle of organizations is having a shared mission and values. This is because you need to have some sense of cohesion within the community in order for people to feel a connection with each other to work towards a goal. This is also very important so people have a shared tribe which is very important and related to the cognitive revolution that allowed humans to work in tribes larger than 100 people.

Cost of collaboration and knowledge sharing

The second principle of an organization is to have a low cost of collaboration and knowledge sharing. Before the internet and tools such as Zoom and Slack it was extremely hard to collaborate and form organizations with people that were far away from you. However the digitization of organizations has now dropped this cost to communicate virtually to almost zero allowing collaboration and organizations to stretch worldwide. This is a principle because you need people to be able to easily work together in order to form a successful organization.

Incentives amongst members to contribute