A managers roots

Business in the industrial age required us to check our personality at the door.

Come on in and be a resource, a human resource. Which makes sense when humans were coming in to complement the machinery.

The root manage has its’ origin in manège, which if you look up means, ‘The art of breaking, training, and riding horses’.

The line manager was the person who sat at the end of the production line ensuring compliance with the strict system of production. Breaking, training and riding people.

How does this fit with today’s knowledge workers and why do we still use these antiquated terms?

No wonder so many companies still expect us to leave our personality’s at the door.

Human resources implies bring the human but leave the humaness.

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Author: Dale Williams

Dale is based in Cape Town on the southern tip of Africa from where he maintains connections with people all over the world through his portfolio life.