Diversity of species, genetics, age, thinking and specialism (skillsets) is fundamental to the health of an ecosystem. As we will explore in this Thursday’s Thought, homogeneity risks ecosystems. Despite mother nature’s wisdom, we often think we know better. A drive for profits and short-termism frequently trump what is best for the long term.
“genetics loads the gun but the environment pulls the trigger”. This term highlights the complex relationship between human disease and the environment. In a similar vein, in organisations, an imbalance of androgens loads the gun and the business environment pulls the trigger.
The “crabs in a barrel” or “crab theory” is a metaphor to describe the tendency of whenever someone gets ahead, others from their community try to pull them right back down again.