“Where is Aikido headed as a cultural phenomenon?”
I recently read an article that purports to describe the general course of organizations from founding to dissolution. Here are the 19 steps:
1. A charismatic founder establishes a small, dedicated organization.
2. He builds it in terms of a vision.
3. He dies.
4. His subordinates battle for control.
5. Losers depart.
6. The new leader is an intellectual lightweight — an infighter, not a visionary.
7. He re-focuses the organization.
8. The donors are mostly well-meaning simple people — joiners, not thinkers.
9. They are committed to the organization, not the founder’s vision.
10. They are oblivious to the changes at the top.
11. They will not tolerate criticism of the organization.
12. They get old.
13. They die.
14. They are not replaced.
15. The organization shrivels.
16. There are more coups.
17. No one cares any more.
18. The organization limps along.
19. It becomes a trivia question: “What ever happened to….?
In your experience, is this an accurate description of what normally occurs to organizations? In your opinion, have aikido organizations followed a similar pattern?
I submit this to your collective wisdom for discussion.