I have been thinking about the word rejuvenate, one definition suggests it is in essence providing the individual new strength or energy; but where does the new strength or energy come from? Does individual rejuvenation imply that an organization can be revitalized or renewed as well? I think most of us would say yes, although we would most likely differ on the nuances of the task; where to focus first, the resources necessary, and the length of time it might take to see positive results. I came across two articles that addressed this task and they could not be more different thus it might be interesting to highlight the primary differences.
One article addresses the dilemma of rejuvenation in the context of human resources and quality management techniques. The author’s articulate their position best when they argue that “The first major axiom of commitment to quality is really saying that the members of the organization must have a fundamental belief in and commitment to distinguishing their organization, making it stand out from the rest” (Jayme & Kleiner, 2001, pg. 45). The second article’s authors phrase the requirement this way: “A self-renewing organization can be built only on the bedrock of people who are willing to take personal initiative and to cooperate with one another…. to take the company to the next stages of ambition.” (Bartlett & Ghoshal, 1995, pg. 11). These seemingly similar statements are essentially quite disparate as the first focuses external competition while the second focuses on internal cooperation as the better route to rejuvenation. In my mind the key difference amongst the two approaches is cooperation versus competition in that an organizational culture emphasizing cooperation is more likely to encourage rest and renewal as part of its overall long-term human resources strategy.
Bartlett, C. A., & Ghoshal, S. (1995). Rebuilding behavioral context: turn process reengineering into people rejuvenation. Sloan Management Review, 37(1), 11-23.
Jayme, R. & Kleiner, B. (2001). Managing Human Resources in the Military. Management Research News, 24(8/9), 43-50.