How can you scale to change the world?
In a word: Institutions. A word that is largely despised today, but at the root of almost all long-term successes.
Our culture caricatures institutions as slow, bureaucratic, and dehumanizing. But institutions are what makes us what we are.
Some institutions were created by God, like Family and Church. Others were created by people, like runner’s associations and corporations. But all of them have great power to transform us, for both good and ill.
An institution is nothing more than a community built around processes and leaders:
- To change your values, join the right community.
- To build skills, follow the right process.
- To gain influence, submit to the right leader.
It is that simple. And that difficult!