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Human Resources or Human Sources?

๐Ÿค”โ€‹ Have you noticed how casually we refer to humans in our organizations as 'resources'?

๐Ÿ˜ฑโ€‹ In the last few years, I notice myself getting increasingly bothered by it. I know it does for many others as well.

๐Ÿ’ฅโ€‹ The word 'resource' means a stock or supply of an asset that can be drawn on in order to function effectively.

๐Ÿ‘‰โ€‹ It is an effective term when used for time, energy, wealth, information, expertise, minerals, water, crude oil etc. etc.

๐Ÿ‘‰โ€‹ A resource has limits.

๐Ÿ‘‰โ€‹ It can be depleted, used up, run dry, or fizzle out.

๐Ÿ‘‰โ€‹ So far, when a resource is depleted, we just find a way to replace it with another resource.

So what happens when we refer to a human in our organizations as a 'resource'โ“

How do we see themโ“

What do we value in themโ“

How do we treat themโ“

๐Ÿ’ซโ€‹ What if, instead, we thought of the humans in our organizations as a "source"?

๐Ÿ‘‰ A place from which something originates and flows.

๐Ÿ‘‰ A regenerative reservoir of imagination, creativity, connection, empathy, and wisdom.

๐Ÿ“ What becomes possible when a 'resource' is reframed as a 'source'โ“

๐Ÿ“ What do you see nowโ“

๐Ÿ“ What do you value in them nowโ“

๐Ÿ“ How would you treat them nowโ“

๐Ÿค” Perhaps it is time to reframe all resources as sources?

๐Ÿซถโ€‹ I invite you to a generative exchange on this topic.


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