Human resources: a mine of precious gems Beppe Robiati
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Author & ©: Beppe Robiati   Design & Webmaster: Claudio Malvezzi
Human resources: a mine...
Human Resources: a mine of precious gems Over the past decades the word resource has undergone, in its practical use, remarkable aesthetic variations, which have not changed its intrinsic meaning. According to the Italian language dictionary resource means: “that which enables one to overcome a difficulty”, therefore the human resource is “a human or intellectual means which enables one to overcome a difficulty”. Thus, theoretically, on the basis of the above interpretation, managing human resources would mean: “the management of human or intellectual means which help one to overcome a difficulty”. Certainly, on a superficial level, it seems an obsolete, archaic and unacceptable definition. When faced with this meaning, the Earth’s six billions inhabitants may then ask themselves: “do we exist, work, reproduce and spend our lives solely to be able to solve or overcome a difficulty?” Wouldn’t be the case then, through the creative development of innovative paradigms, to propose new definitions? Certainly the word paradigm, as defined in the Webster– a group of basic hypotheses, which constitute a vision of the world or a new model – can be applied to the particular field of human resources. However, developing new paradigms have their difficulties. As history shows, they have always been, at the beginning, fought, mocked, opposed and prohibited. But time, an important variable, has always contributed, through reflection, to reinstate was had been demonised and to transform it into an element of vigour, growth and progress. In this article we will attempt to present a new paradigm, related to the management of human resources, which is based on the writings of a fascinating and extraordinary individual, Baha’u’llah, who lived in the second half of the nineteenth century, and was imprisoned for almost half a century for his ideas, principles and writings and is already regarded as the Author of new model of life. The definition of human resource in Baha’u’llah’s writings (Tablets revealed after the Aqdas) is in itself innovative: “Man is a mine rich with gems of inestimable value, the lack of proper education has, though, deprived him of what he inherently possesses”, therefore the management of human resources involves a very challenging activity which is that of managing “mines rich with gems of inestimable value”. But even the term management, in Baha’u’llah’s innumerable tablets, denotes: “sharing”, through a “process of consultation”, which unveils “the gems of inestimable value”, therefore to “educate” – to take out – what we “inherently possess”, to become aware of it and consciously put it at “service” of others for the “growth”  of all. In the contemporary world the relationship between “human resources” and those who manage them, especially in school and at work interacts on two levels: the physical and intellectual. That means that elements such as physical appearance, gestures, glance, voice musicality, and later, education, the capacity to express oneself, memory, vocabulary and the speed to learn or perform belong to those two levels. On average, the management of human resources occurs using these elements of interaction between people. It is difficult to go beyond that. But, whoever lives in close contact with human beings sees that, often, other levels interact in the sphere of “human resources”; levels which are never taken into consideration, or which we tend to hide, smother or barely take a look at. They are three: - the level of emotions, - the level of will, - the level of intrinsic qualities also known as spiritual level. Let’s analyse them together.