Bureaucracies create and sustain a moral perspective.

“If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won’t.”

Hyman Rickover

Effective bureaucracies — vision directed guidelines and processes — are flywheels reducing vibration in an organization by tempering irregularity and providing consistency and rhythm. They are exceedingly rare. Typically, and unfortunately, bureaucracies do little of value to focus on first purpose. Inevitably, they become twisted first purpose and live outside the watch, like a wicked watchmaker. Any human organization that aspires to purpose and excellence via regularity of process alone cannot do so. It is lost.