Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Gestalten Arbeitsgruppe

People can be seen by a business as an appreciating asset - hence the concept of "human resources". 

The more time the asset is associated with the business, the more value the asset accumulates. A business is no more and no less than the historical and on-going product, of the effort of people - individuals, and teams. That's why we call formalized businesses "companies" - they are a company of people working toward a business objective.

We tend to think of appreciating assets as shares, property, etc. People who own property will tend to invest their time and energy in the property; looking to increase it's value, or at least make it a better place for them to live in. We can do the same with people also - invest in training them and helping them understand a business better.

A team can be seen as combination of an appreciating asset and a product. Like an appreciating asset, a team’s value increases over time; as the team becomes more familiar with the business and its members become more familiar with each-other (that is, team cohesion develops). The more a team works together, the better the team will become. So a team is also like a product; one that improves with use.

The German word “gestalt” comes to mind...




...which means “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.


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