Teamwork – Unity

UnityWe have heard, read and wrote about ‘Unity in diversity’ since 1938. Among many versions of this, Michael Novak (1983) brought an interesting aspects about it, “Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilization, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust.” But the question is, ‘How free are we in the decisions that we make?’ For example the the financial strength of ICICI bank in 2008, customers withdrew or brought panic – simply because they had heard that this is what other people were doing. The phenomenon is called herd instinct.

There is another interesting collective behavior is seen known as ‘Swarm Intelligence’ or also known as ‘Ant Algorithms’. If we see that ants moving in a colony appear to be moving randomly from far; from closer a pattern can be seen. The ‘Swarm’ finds the shortest route to reach the food, allocates tasks and defend territories. Based on this theory variety of problems related to logistics are solved such slot allocation at airports, truck routing and others. The question here is, does this theory applicable for groups of people? As this may not taken into account of human side or group thinking. This theory can be partially right for homogeneous group to reach conclusion. In heterogeneous group attitudes can become radical and actions rash. How does one deal with such situation? Does it paralyse the organsiation?

We hope you enjoyed reading this. God bless you all! Good day!

“Because he loves me”, says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him for he acknowledges his name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” 14:16 Psalm 91

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