We can understand the SSI internal eco
system in terms of the elements and entities within the system. The internal
eco system is also understood in terms of the people who accept the duties and
responsibilities involved in assuring the SSI internal eco system functions
successfully. The best-designed system fails if the right people are not in the
right positions, doing the right things right. For this reason, selecting the
right people is critical for the success of the internal eco system.

The process of selecting the right people
starts with renewing our commitment to the guiding principles and priorities
discussed in Chapter Four. With those prerequisites in mind, SSI staff members
expect a working environment where they function with a minimum of administrative or
bureaucratic control or interference. They
as self-managing organisms within the internal eco system and succeed with a
minimum of traditional management. Functioning independently within the
existing rule and resource parameters is a bottom-line requirement for SSI
staff membership. Their success is then judged in terms of the extent to which
they achieve the expected outcomes.

For those candidates who choose to pursue
the SSI opportunity, there are additional requirements. They must be
substantially qualified for the position they are considering. This means they
must meet or exceed the high academic, licensure, skill, and experience
standards set by SSI for the position they are considering. Additionally, they
must qualify as an SSI staff member in reference to the additional criteria
discussed in this Chapter. Beyond this, they need to flourish in an environment
within which Managers function consistently with the Manager criteria presented
above and in earlier chapters. Quite simply, SSI’s internal eco system is an
atypical work environment for exceptional people. – Lets now turn to the meta
functions needed to keep the SSI eco system functioning successfully.