As I noted before, my favorite description for the underlying nature of organizations is “a system of agreements.” But before we can really talk about systems, we need to talk a little more about what we mean by “agreements.”
When I just googled the definition of the word “agreement,” the following was returned:
- Harmony or accordance in opinion or feeling.
- A negotiated and typically legally binding arrangement between parties as to a course of action.
This was exactly what I was hoping for. Two distinct meanings, both of which are essential to the success of human systems.