We are those who may not even whisper, for our voices were taken by those who we thought we could trust.
We ask that you lend us your hands, for we can only prepare for you to begin. The rest is up to you.
Revolutionaries, we ask if you have a plan. A vision? We hear complaints but see no progress. We see problems but no outlines for solutions. What ties down your hands?
Is it fear? That is what we suffer from. Does the ruling class still hold power over you? Do the words of your family mean the world, so change is just a victim to conservation of beliefs?
Have we all just become pawns in a game? Pushed around by those who hold monetary power, gripped by these rules that we are forced blindly to follow. Should we truly believe that our differences are segregated by black and white?
Yes we too would agree it is hard to make change. Those around us are completely insane. We are the voiceless, the ones who stay true to heart. Sadly for our voices to be heard, we must begin when the revolution starts.
In order for it to begin, we must have this faith that we will win. Hand in hand we stand, but we are separated and segregated which means we are damned.
We write this since our voices cannot be heard, but we are hopeful that our letters would change into words. These words then turn to verbs. Those verbs would then be turned into terms, and those terms would turn to action. Finally, action would turn to change.
When the time comes, will you speak collectively to let all voices be heard?
The words still ring in my head clearly: "We hire individuals, not groups…"
This was the answer of one of the upper management members after each group of interns were given the opportunity to present about a certain section of the corporation we worked for.
Three groups of interns (consisting of 4 or 5 people) presented to a group of managers their found research on a certain area pertaining to the business. Each group was assigned a leader (myself being one of the leaders), who’s purpose was to, as usual….lead the group. Upon finishing all the presentations, the “highest ranked” individual in the room gave a short speech. He than begin to ask the room who he felt was the “best presenter”.
One colleague asked: “Well I don’t know which individual did the best, but I know what group did the best…”
The man replied with words that still burn within me today: "We hire individuals, not groups…”
These words. This thought process, is why we are failing as a group. In business school we learn that we are forced to work with different temperaments.
In our businesses, why do we hire an individual solely on skill (or rather most of the time, who they know). I wish to pose the question, why don’t we hire a group on their skill?
Changing the way we interview would be quite easy:
First - Gather however many candidates who are qualified for the allotted positions
Second - Create x number of interviews necessary with a mixture of each candidates. Create scenarios for each team to work out on that would relate to their work.
Third - Hire those who worked best together.
None of what I wrote is revolutionary, and I am sure this is already in use somewhere (and in a better format). I wonder why don’t more companies use this, why we would rather focus on productivity and skill, rather than chemistry and flow of a team.
When we higher individuals, we are only buying pieces. I want to argue that if you test and purchase the item as a whole, success and longevity of production is a sure fire guarantee.