A change in paradigm
It is said that Monday mornings are most wonderful days for the employees and the employers, for they ask the most critical question of their life – “Why am I doing, what I am doing?” The only negative thing about this question is that it is often addressed to THE GOD. The same question, if asked to the SELF, holds the key to miracle…. a miracle called Self-Actualisation.
Isn’t it true that we can be a thousand times better than what we are today? “If only it wasn’t for the poor grades in the class. If only we had a different boss, a different organisation, a different country, a different profession, a different income ……”, and the blame game continues.
Let’s face it!!! We are also a thousand times better than what we could have been. This is a paradigm shifting thought. The second parah talks about the situation where we are being “used” – by grades, boss, organisations, situations and circumstances. This parah, the paradigm shifting thought, talks about the situation where we are being “built”. By its definition, a resource is what gets used and an asset is what gets built. Resources make us dependent/weak with their usage; Assets make us strong as they get built.
Stephen Covey in his best-selling book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, quotes an example of an employer who was once talking about his team being weak, they lacked a sense of responsibility, they were lazy and blah, blah, blah…… He was then asked “what do you do to fix it?” He replied authoritatively, “Bombard them with grenades of warning, threat and fire them”. To this, he was asked “who clears the dead bodies?” The employer didn’t believe there were dead bodies of crashed emotions, organisational unrest and a non-sustaining business. He was then asked “why don’t you do the same to your customers?” to which he exclaimed “Well, they are your customers, you can’t do that to your customers!” “But your employees are in your employ, so you can do it to your employees?” He was then asked whether the employees were dedicated. How was the employee turnaround? To this, the employer replied saying “You must be joking, there is a big turnaround, it’s difficult to find a good talent these days.” The employer was reminded that hiring & firing people is not a long-term solution. The organisational weakness need to be addressed at the core. Customers build your business outside and you grow inside. Employees build your business inside, so that you can grow outside. Customers and Employees both are, in that sense, and every sense, an ASSET. The former is outside while the latter is inside.
There is an Organisational AHAA with HA (Human as an Asset)!!!
While there is a frustrating AHRRRRRGH with HR (Human as a Resource)!!!