Habits Are Spontaneous Reactions

Habits Are Spontaneous Reactions

The issue of alignment is worthy of more attention. I mean the alignment of employees with their peers and their alignment with the firm’s goals. We see this issue in the formation of self-organized shadow organizations within organizations. Conflicts, injustice, lack of trust and internal competition are among the prime factors that a company might segregate into shadow organizations.

The formation of β€œshadow groups or clusters” in organizations has its dynamics. The formation of shadow groups will give the employees many choices on which group(s) to join. The greater the number of choices is, the greater are the number of β€œstates” available and the greater entropy is. Boltzmann related entropy to the logarithmic number of arrangements a system may have. An organization with many hidden arrangements runs the risk of becoming chaotic unless it opposes this possibility by self-organizing.

Self-organization is referred to as spontaneous order in social sciences. The idea of spontaneous reactions and spontaneous order crossed my mind to explore their correlation. Spontaneous reactions occur when a system loses energy to the surrounding and if the available states for the reactants increase. When the two factors work together in the same direction, the spontaneity of a reaction increases. If not, the prevailing one shall determine the final state of the system.

Habits are spontaneous reactions because we perform them with the least expenditure of energy of thinking. Smoking cigarettes is a spontaneous habit that releases energy to the surrounding and increases the states of available to the smoke resulting from burning cigarettes. Is burning out of employees by some leader is a spontaneous habit that leads to the burning of employees? I include a nice graph by Louise Smith which elaborates nicely on the burning out of employees. Some managers and leaders tend to increase the anxiety and stress of employees and I find this graph useful on dealing with such issues.

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What are the forgotten habits of great leaders? I believe the comment of Harvey Lloyd on my previous buzz is of such great magnitude that I repeat part of it here. Harvey wrote in his comment (#26) - β€œI like the thoughts of your next post. I would pose the following question though. Do leaders create spontaneity or does spontaneity arise by fate?

I have always sensed that opportunity is created by leaders that seek a landscape of "win/win". Within this creation the law of unintended consequences tends to play in your favor of opportunity.

The opposite of creation is risk avoidance. Yes we eliminate risk, but the law of unintended consequences is now working against you by only presenting new risk
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I find this comment exceedingly insightful. Harvey here refers to entropy and free energy in his own terms. Entropy of unintended consequences (many possible states) is working in the opposite direction of risk avoidance. Harvey reminds me of protein folding because it minimizes the dispersal of energy and therefore adds order to the proteins. However, this decrease in entropy is offset by the internal bonding between the protein chains through varieties of binding forces.

I believe the thermodynamics of habits and their spontaneity is a topic that merits further study. I hope this comment would also shed some light on the role of leaders as motivators as suggested by Tausif Mundrawala in his comment on my previous buzz.

I aim from this buzz to bring to our attention the need to understanding the dynamics of leaders and their habits so as to define and qualify leaders on more solid ground.


I dedicate this buzz to Alan Culler because he has enriched my mind with his comments. My appreciation to Alan is beyond what words can describe.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dear Tausif Mundrawala. The issue of leaders is a complex one. Just ask in buzz for readers to define leaders and see the wide range of comments you shaa receive. Adaptation is surely is an attribute as you outlined in your comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit has responded to this buzz in a great buzz that offers new insights. I urge readers of this buzz to read Manjit's buzz to expand on different perspectives. Here is the link to Manjit's buzz https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp/structure-space

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
You are right and this is the issue John Rylance

John Rylance

John Rylance

3 years ago #24

An informative post Ali. I'm not sure spontaneity is created, rather does an employer encourage it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Great my friend CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit and I went through your wonderful buzz. I am honored and I see your buzz of great value. I have yet to watch the video embeds in your buzz before responding there noon time.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #22

Dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee instead of taking this thread off into a totally new tangent, I have written a Paradox Wisdom to parallel the thinking you have put forth in this buzz. That does not mean I challenge this, only that what i have written in "Structure and Space" is a totally different frame or reference point. See https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp/structure-space

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
#14 This is a challenging question and I hope to address it soon. Your comment deserves a buzz on its own Alan Culler

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
This is a challenging question and I hope to address it soon. Your comment deserves a bu on its own Alan Culler

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Absolutely for very focused alignment means having one state and this means entropy is reduced and the possibility of spontaneity goes down. I always say we need spontaneous leaders to allow for the flow of many ideas that create many possibilities. You are spot on Alan Culler

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Great comment Sara Jacobovici. I love this idea ""available states". You know you have a great point here. Spontaneity occurs when we have negative free energy. This is Gibbs Free Energy. The other name for it is "Available energy". So, available states is in synchronicity with available energy. The available states increase entropy and the chances for spontaneity increases. You have put your fingers on a great idea. Write a buzz on this, please. You have a wonderful mind.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
We are on the same wavelength reinforcing each other's understanding. I love the idea of creating different mental states my friend Alan Culler

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
The feelings are reciprocal Alan Culler

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
"So as humans we should recognize that the energy of the moment we find ourselves will begin decaying as soon as we see or understand"- I shall discuss this great idea in a dedicated buzz Harvey Lloyd

Alan Culler

Alan Culler

3 years ago #14

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee The only way to overcome entropy is reinvention, How can Leaders encourage the recognition of decline and the development of a new sigmoid curve to effectively pivot toward renewed growth?

Alan Culler

Alan Culler

3 years ago #13

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee While alignment is crucial for getting things done in organizations, extreme alignment can be the enemy of spontenaety and autonomy, both of which are required for innovation. So how do leaders eschew the either/or world of extreme alignment?- " you're either with me or against me." How do leaders enter the both/and world that balances alignment and spontenaety - capitalizing upon the tendency of human systems to self-organize to the long term benefit of the organizations?

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

3 years ago #12

Great perspective Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. The line which has left me thinking is: "Spontaneous reactions occur when a system loses energy to the surrounding and if the available states for the reactants increase." The part that is an eye opener for me is, "if the available states". My gut says, herein lies spontaneity; in the "if". Not knowing then is a precursor. Broken down even more, we find, "available states". This contributes to the unknown which leads to the spontaneity until the available states become known. What is interesting to explore is what makes a state available; what factors in the surround form that state? I think I will pause here Dr. Ali and wait for your feedback.

Alan Culler

Alan Culler

3 years ago #11

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee So many excellent ideas on this buzz and the comments that follow: Alignment: Much of my work in the last 37 years had been called leadership alignment- getting a leadership team "on the same page" in implementing change. The secret to it is bringing th hallway discussion into the room - getting what you call a"alternate states" and Wilfred Bion called "pairing" into general discussion and resolution.

Alan Culler

Alan Culler

3 years ago #10

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Thank you for your dedication of this post. Perhaps our expressing our ideas is some form of symbiosis. I only know I am grateful for the mental catalyst function your writing has for me.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Well, Harvey Lloyd- motivating others to work with spontaneity is a way of storing energy in others. As for energy and thriving matrix - I love this coupling and makes a lot of sense to me. "This moment in time decays from our original view into a evolving energy draw until such time as we can influence"- there is a huge idea in this line: energy evolving. This is a superb way to look at energy. Since we our bunch of energies and the tem evolving energy is new to me, but strikes my mind with its beauty. You never stop amazing your readers with your penetrating comments

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #8

#7
The second law coupled with time would state that energy not used is depleted anyway. Yesterday's energy is gone. I don't believe as humans we can store the style of energy like plants. Time is an opportunity to act within, once the time has decayed we cant use our energy in the same way. Nature offers us an opportunity to see the matrix of time, energy and thriving. But nature lives from day to day, finding resources that exist within the time scale and not necessarily stirring, but fortifying their survival. So as humans we should recognize that the energy of the moment we find ourselves will begin decaying as soon as we see or understand. This moment in time decays from our original view into a evolving energy draw until such time as we can influence. Great points.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

"The petrol we placed in the car yesterday to afford us creativity and movement is now depleted, we must refill the tank today". Isn't this what we and plants do. The plants fill their energy tank with sunlight and store it for use when needed. Isn't that how plant prespirate? So, I agree agree fully with you Harvey Lloyd. You are right and leaders who deplete their energies on side issues and store non-of it or who forget to fill their energy tanks shall decay. The leaders use energy to energize "influence the right parts of the organization" or waste it on risk-aversion and including the risk of leaders doing things by habit where they find their comfort zone. To lead is to influence and not control. I say you influenced my mind, Harvey.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #6

Theremodynamics, specifically the second law, everything is in a state of decay is a leaders battle cry everyday. The petrol we placed in the car yesterday to afford us creativity and movement is now depleted, we must refill the tank today. Born is the phrase, What have you done for me today? If we can see the organization from this perspective of energy and its decay then we know where to focus our petrol. If we see the decay as sabatoge by shadow groups or other energy diverting operations then our habits will form around risk aversion. Great leaders internalize the thought, i own nothing but influence everything i engage, they can now see the entropy you discuss. More importantly they can influence the right parts of the organization. If i assume a 50/50 chance within success and realize that everything is in a state of decay, i can apply my influence in the right direction, offering a .001% advantage. If i assume i am right (100% chance of success.). I ignore the 2nd law and lead through control instead of influence. Establishing spontaneous success or fate as my belief. Time is the tale of decay in this scenario. Great thoughts as always.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Thank you dear @Debasish for commenting and sharing. Remember that emerging properties are unpredictable no matter to what degree we understand the interacting parts.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #4

light, sound, electrical energy, transforming into mechanical one may result in unintended consequence, moment we fail to interpret the chain of actions and its due consequences, we can produce mayhem, not knowing the potential of the source from were all our emotions derive. however, great post sirAli \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
You are heartedly allowed Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #2

Allow me to throw the word reflex in the mix for good measure :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Harvey Lloyd- you are mentioned in this buzz in the order of your mention

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