sábado, 9 de outubro de 2010

A country is what people think country is

(Now in English)
Karl Weick is a professor of organizational psychology at the University of Michigan, and is the author of the best definition of organizational culture that I know:
«The setting that takes an organization (organizational design) is what people believe the organization is, and what people believe that the organization is, is the basis for what people do, and what people do in organizations is Indeed, the design of the organization.»

As the country without danger of being badly compared, is the largest we have, and is managed by people who define the rules that regulate human behavior, then we have the following:
«The setting that takes a country is what people believe the country is, and what people believe the country is is the basis for what people do, and what people do in the country is, indeed, climate, the country's culture.»

In Portugal we have a deep cultural crisis now in behavior. Especially those who determine the culture and mood of the country. Who is at the top gives the example and provides the basis of attitude and how everything works. What is tolerated, allowed, sanctioned, or not ethical and so on.

Read the newspapers, listen to people in cafes, on street, in TV interviews, meetings with friends, in formal or informal. And what we have? A climate of distrust and disdain for the political class that Portugal has built all these years. The sentences will be heard too such as "They're all thieves," "They do get away, just steal ',' Politicians are all liars," "They are a bunch of ignorant," "Only if they promote and friends ',' No wonder the country ',' Never worked seriously in life, "" dishonest people are." And much more had to play. I do not remember anything positive to be said. I remember expressions less bad, but more the way of 'boiling water', just to tame such sadness and shame.

Karl Weick
And back to the original definition of Weick: what people believe that politicians are determines what they do or intend to do so. It means that wreak ribaldry: "If I can evade taxes, well that is just ',' I'd like to leave the country," which is the saddest and most recurrent claims that are made. "It was good I was to retire right now if it were possible ', which is another good illustration of how working here is.

We are therefore facing a moral collapse. A crisis of honesty and morality that still do not know how it will end. It is a curiosity that I maintain. Serious financial consequences, so we already know. But as will be the rules and values of living together going forward? What parents tell us will be valid? Morality will be taught in the Bible books to follow?

Final question: What is currently a paradox in relation to what? The principles they taught us or the current behavior? It will be the first against the second or vice versa?