The ugly truth behind popular organizations

Something interesting recently happened. The ironic part is that the interesting thing wasn’t something good. It had nothing to do with me personally but I did see a trend… I’ll give you a hint: it’s a peak behind the scenes of certain popular organizations.


A popular organization was organizing an event and of course they could use all the help they could get. So they started outsourcing some of the tasks. This is all fundamentally alright, but here is where it gets tricky: outsourcing costs money. And not because you’re part of a popular organization means that you don’t have to pay when you outsource. I’ve seen this sort of behavior before. These organizations have a good reputation, which makes them think that they’re invincible.

Ornamental horses

It’s often the same for the people who are part of such organizations. In Dutch we would call them “sierpaarden” (ornamental horses). These are people who are part of an organization/group and they don’t do any of the work that needs to be done, but they do want the credit once the work is done. They then rely on the “work horses” to do all the work. In this blog, I don’t want to break anyone or any organization, so I won’t call names, but I have seen this more than once. If you are one of the “work horses” it might seem like they care about you and always try to keep you connected, but you need to see what is really happening…

The solution

If you become part of such an organization and you notice the trends, then the solution would be to quit. Or, if you have enough influence, try to change the culture within the organization. Then perhaps you can make the organization flourish again. Usually outsiders don’t know what’s in the belly of the beast and they just look at the pretty picture on the outside. No one sees how rotten everything is on the inside.

I will keep this blog article short because I don’t really want to invest too much energy on something like this. However, I did think it was important for people to know what happens within popular organizations sometimes and for them to open their eyes to see what’s happening right before their eyes.


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