“But what is the reason?”

“But what is the reason?”

Organizations exist for a reason. The reason may not always be clear, rational, or meaningful. But organizations do exist for a reason. Organizations can find justifications for their existence. Sometimes the rationale for their existence may come through accidental discovery as much as careful methodical planning.

Many organizations seek to define their existence in terms of an external challenge or an external opportunity. Challenges are usually presented as a problem or threat that affects people and communities, in the form of particular issue or condition. Opportunities are usually presented as a solution to build, fix, or change institutions and systems. Some organizations go further, and define their existence in ways that incorporate challenges and opportunities. These organizations often use the vocabulary of impact and purpose.

How organizations identify their existence speaks to the culture that reinforces that existence. It speaks to the people who create and sustain that culture. And it defines the type, and quality, of the work organizations provide.