October 14, 2005

Egg to Butterfly

Having been taught in the HR department for 3 whole years, I have learnt to be very critical about what these consultants and human resources policies are really giving us.

I must say I was somewhat disturbed by the first half of today's lecture.
I did not come to offence, but I just feel that whatever we heard today is somewhat idealistic and utopian. Yes, surely, if we are all going out to set a business, it is always good that we try to make use of the real talent of people and all, however, if you are going in as an employee, what I have learnt told me that it is simply not going to work. It struck me totally when I heard that there shouldnt be hierarchy. Every single company out there nowadays talk about flatening their hierarchy, but I don believe it is something that one can get rid of. We are talking about business here, when there is business, there is salary, wages, whatever you want to call it, does everyone get the same pay? no, then, there IS a hierarachy. As much as we don like it. Like I said, it's all good if you are the person who is actually running teh business and that you have all these good thoughts, but otherwise… yes, break all teh rule like John did, OF COS it works, everyone is doing what they love and enjoy, but what happened to John after he did all these great things? he resigned, he had to didn't he? Talk about the 5 talents you have… What I have learnt was as simple as, you cannot pigeon hole people like this. We learnt about this guy called Belbin and his 9 characters and team role and we frown appoint it. How on earth can you possibly say this person is a bulider and that is a director (or whatever the wording belbin used) and not anything else? Surely, if 2 million people took this survey, there could be some sort of realibility in it, but we tend to look at these things as one of those quiz you get in a magazine, not something you can put on your CV….

Don't get me wrong, I am not being a pessimist and think that we are all a small cog in the machine and that's where we should be for the rest of our lives, but I just think that one has to be realistic when one talks about things as such. What is happening with the whole north korea thing is absolutly FANTASTIC, and I thought it was amazing how so little people (though of cos they were all on the very top of teh hierarachy…) can do so much but I just think that when one try asking a big company to contribute, things might just not go 'V' shape.

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