March 30, 2007

The importance of sharing

After this week’s study, perhaps we all recognized that most of the management issues are associated with people. People created the system and at the same time people eliminating the system to improvement. So what is wrong with the people? May be a story could give us some initiations

Today I have read an old story, which is about the different types of living in heaven and hell. There was an envoy that came to examine heaven and hell. Firstly, he came to the hell. He found that people there were very thin and hungry, and they were suffering. Was there no food for them to eat? No, there was enough food for everyone, but the problem was that the handle of the spoon was one meter long. As the result, although there was lots of food in the spoons, but people cannot put the food in their mouths. The more they wanted to eat, the more pain they felt. Then, the envoy came to the heaven, where people there looked very healthy and happy. However, surprisingly, he found that the spoons here were the same as in the hell: with one meter long handle. He felt confused that why people here were so peaceful and happy? Finally, he realised that people in the heaven, they put food in other people’s mouths, in order to help each other to eat; but people in the hell, they just wanted to put the food in their own mouths, therefore they can never eat the food.

This story takes me back to this morning’s seminar. There was a short discussion about wiliness knowledge sharing and performance relevant pay system. From my opinion, any kind of performance pay or promotion should only be viewed as incentives for the wiliness of sharing. What is more important is people should realise that both or many of them exist in a shared system, this system is created by and contains everyone. Anyone within the system should beware that system has far more power and value than any individual. Therefore, collaborate and share is the best and only way to continuously survive. The short-term individual benefits could only lead both the system and any individual within the system to long-term death. Therefore, as the story described: do we want to leave in the hell or in the heaven?

After all this thought, I made an assumption. If I share an apple with one of my classmate who really wants to eat apple, then I would double the pleasure of having an apple (two people), and also I gained the happiness and trust between us. Overall we strengthen our system. I can’t see why should not share with others.

Moreover, as towards the end of the week and term, teamwork was a large part of EEE studies. Looking back to the beginning of the term, actually I have no idea what is teamwork about, although at the time I may think I do. Till now, I realised the amount of knowledge that we have gained from our team’s generation is far more than anyone of us could achieved. Gradually I realised this is because we were operated in a system that we all willing to share and collaborate our individual knowledge towards a shared goals. This led me to think about the collaboration in real organization, if everyone gives sharing and collaboration a try, maybe they will realized that there are much more things have been gained.


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