I recently re-read MDCP 1: Warfighting - the Marine Corps’ basic manual for how to think about warfare. A few themes really stood out to me in the context of our DAO and how we navigate uncertainty and stress.
The need to act quickly and decisively in the face of uncertainty
The importance of speed and focus
The role of human will as the deciding factor between victory and defeat
Business and warfare are completely separate enterprises. War is non-cooperative human interaction, while business is fundamentally cooperative. Despite the vast differences, there are important martial lessons for how organizations plan, interact, and execute in the face of uncertainty and stress.
While our DAO is built around financial protocols it is not strictly a business. Increasingly I see our DAO as a digital city (thank you @puniaviision). Some of the most important questions our community faces are not business questions, but fundamental questions of human organization in the face of change, adversity, and friction.
Warfare is an unpleasant topic - our community is built around trust, loyalty, and mutual benefit. These core tenants are fundamentally non-aggressive. Even in the face of Vampire Attacks we have consistently taken the high ground. With that said, I believe these themes are important .
Here are some quotes that really stood out to me:
Decentralized Decision Making
“The occurrences of war will not unfold like clockwork. We cannot hope to impose precise, positive control over events. The best we can hope for is to impose a general framework of order on the disorder, to influence the general flow of action rather than to try to control each event.”
In our DAO an incredible amount of work happens in a decentralized manner. Despite our best efforts at coordination, precise controls will always be a struggle. This struggle will only grow as we scale. The framework we build today around our culture, shared values, and common methods of coordination will serve us incredibly well.
With this high level of decentralization the onus is on each community member to ensure the highest level of contribution. @LemonadeAlpha does a great job of holding us to a great standard when it comes to content released under the Coop name. This high level of outward professionalism is something we should strive for throughout the Coop.
Autonomous and decentralized action places an incredible deal of responsibility on the shoulders of the individual - we must meet and embrace that responsibility.
“warfare by maneuver stems from a desire to circumvent a problem and
attack it from a position of advantage rather than meet it straight on
The most important work done within Index Coop does not scale linearly. Highly complex work takes focus and small teams. We need to optimize this kind of work across our organization.
Our ability to swiftly and efficiently execute major enterprise level initiatives at the community level is what will set us apart. This work is by its nature hard to scale. What this means for individuals is quality over quantity - we need to pay attention and work to build the context needed to drive real impact.
“To generate the tempo of operations we desire and to best cope with the uncertainly, disorder, and fluidity of combat, command and control must be decentralized. That is, subordinate commanders must make decisions on their own initiative, based on their understanding of their senior’s intent, rather than passing information up the chain of command and waiting for the decision to be passed down.”
In a decentralized organization community intent becomes incredibly important. Community members act most forcefully when acting autonomously with a clear understanding of community intent. A large purpose of our weekly meetings is for our community to align its intent around short term tactical objectives and long term strategic goals. The more effectively we align our intent the more effectively individuals will be able to contribute in support of the organization.
“Decision making requires both the situational awareness to recognize the essence of a given problem and the creative ability to devise a practical solution. These abilities are the products of experience, education, and intelligence.”
Something I increasingly appreciate is the learning curve experienced by all of us working within the DAO. This is a wholly new form of human organization that was largely theoretical until this past year. No one is an expert at this. In order to improve our community decision making we need to build awareness and creativity. Every day that we operate as a DAO our collective experience and education continues to compound and grow.
“War is fundamentally a dynamic process of human competition requiring both the knowledge of science and the creativity of art but driven ultimately by the power of human will. “
Human will is the single biggest strength of any organization. Our ability to overcome adversity and persevere through the most trying circumstances is a direct result of human will. Index Coop will become the leading crypto asset management platform in the world. During the journey of the next few years we will undoubtedly face times of crisis, uncertainty, fear, and failure. These obstacles will only be overcome through culture, community, and collective will.
Our community has an rich range of backgrounds and interests- so excited as we continue to synthesize a vast amount of human learning, culture, and experience into something incredible