Post 129 ⇒ by Gautam Shah
Organizations manage their work as projects or jobs. These are divided into smaller lots depending on the skills, resources and other inputs. These are assigned to individuals or smaller groups as distinct roles. Such allocations are never consistent assignments. The chief of the organization or the project leader often offers such assignments to new or untrained or un-experienced persons for two distinct reasons, One, to get fresh ideas, inputs, and Two, to recast a person’s talent. Such recast removes the tedium of repetitions and provides new exposures. The assignments are also diverted from one to another person, to achieve optimum results.
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Jobs are also given out, to infuse new thoughts, work methods, and utilize different resources (plant, equipments, tools, talents). Jobs are presented to a person or a team, as an opportunity, challenge, and incentive. In design organizations personnel are identified in terms of their talents, such as: administrative staff, drafts-persons, cad operators, model makers, designers, job-captions, associates, and so on. In medium to large organizations common pools of human and other resources are formed. Project based team captions or job-based foremen draw their requirements of human and other resources from such pools.
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Organization is formed by people of different talents and personality traits that are reflected in their attitude and conduct. Some detest routine work as much as some love methodical procedures. Some are hard-headed realists compared to the idea floaters. These are not exclusive categories, and under appropriate conditions a person takes on other characteristics.
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Dream-weavers are prolific generators of ideas and new concepts, but lack the skill to detail them. The dream-weavers are mercurial and have a fear of failure. A dream weaver must be an extrovert otherwise never gets acknowledged. Young age and dreams are synonymous, but an older person may show lack of sincerity.
Technocrats have a talent of visualizing structured entities. For them an entity is conceivable, if only, it is structured and so practicable. Technocrats are fastidious, uncompromising, and hardheaded. A technocrat may get entwined in detailing the parts, and may lose the grasp of the holistic scheme. When projects need a rethink, a technocrat may prove useless.
Exponents enjoy advocating ideas or schemes, without bothering either its authorship or practicability. They feel that the public attention received through the advocacy is the measure of their skill and success. Exponents are good at furthering the idea of a project, where project stack-holders interests are important design considerations.
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Patrons are not necessarily resourceful people, but are ready to support any new activity that takes them away from their routine chores, provides a novel experience, and keeps them busy. A person may become a sponsor by virtue of the position and powers to allocate resources. Such people are motivated by strategic gains through various sponsorship.
Arrangers are expert manipulators, and keenly look for a chance to jump into any difficult situation to manage it. As a risk taker they collect lots of benefits, and very fast.
Conservatives are very over careful by personality. Conservatism is due to a struggle less life or due to old age lethargy. They detest change, but if instrumental of causing even minor innovation, take a great pride.