Has Your Organization Become Similar To A Sect?

And what could you do about it?

Frédéric Bagutti


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“A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, 20 June 1831

A sect: a group of religious or mystical inspiration, living in a community under the influence of masters or gurus.

A sect: a group of people who share a particular set of political beliefs.

A clan made up of people with the same values and ideology.

Sect, from Latin secta faction, following, from the stem of sequī to follow.

Follow the leader. Follow or get out of the way.

Not so long ago, in the last century, we witnessed the erosion of the “grand narratives” that had framed our lives for centuries: the church, politics, and even the family no longer offer the same meaning as before.

Everything has somehow become relative, and the consequent loss of a moral compass and an ethical framework to guide humans in a secular world has created a vacuum into which self-serving and corruption have entered.

And also corporate organizations.

Someone has to do the job.

Whereas we used to find meaning through organized religion or military campaigns, we’re now trying to find that meaning where we can, within various pleasures, leisure activities, environmental or social activism, but mainly within work.

For as long as human beings can remember, the will to find and fulfill meaning in every life situation has been a fundamental human drive. We crave to feel part of a cause larger than ourselves, to feel the motivation to do something meaningful through a lived experience of connection with others. It responds to a need, and when meaning is absent, it creates an inner void that leads to frustration and suffering.

To a certain extent, corporations have simply tried to give people what they want: the vision of meaning ahead of them, a vision of meaning waiting to be fulfilled.

And we can be grateful to them for that.

When things go dark



Frédéric Bagutti

Organizational behavior consultant and executive coach, licensed psychologist, EMCCC INSEAD. You can find me at: www.bagutticonsulting.com