12. Nov, 2019

The ivory tower phenomenon ...

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"If you describe someone as living in an ivory tower, you mean that they have no knowledge or experience of the practical problems of everyday life."  https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/ivory-tower 

I assume you know, what the phenomenon is about when you are working in larger and/or internationally active companies. The combination of de-centrally operating units in different regions or countries working with a central organization taking care of standards, processes, tools, mission/vision/purpose, investor relations and budgets for example. The operating units are claiming to have the knowledge and expertise how to run the daily business and doing the "real work". The central, ivory tower guys have the power and are in control, what leads to ongoing conflicts about roles and responsibilities and many other topics. 

Working in the de-central unit you basically have two choices, how to handle the central guidance in different areas of the business. Either push back and do it your own way, or accept the central direction and make it happen sooner or later. If you cannot make it happen (due to local laws, wrong assumptions in the tower, difficult control mechanisms, etc.), you still might have the time and opportunity to collect enough arguments, why the central guidance is difficult or impossible to implement in the region. Exactly, what you need to push back in a second step 😉. The more arguments and proof you have, the better for success.

So be self-confident, positive and open for new stuff and change in the region, will also be good for your personal development and benefit 👍.

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. -- Milton Friedman, American - Economist July 31, 1912 - November 16, 2006,  https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1976/friedman/biographical/