On Bottlenose Dolphins and Human Resources Training
Author: Mark Richards
Streamlining and the advantages thereof is a subject about which a great deal has been written. The dictionary defines streamlining as being “to construct or design in a form that offers the least resistance to fluid flow”.
As an alternative it is said to be about “improving the appearance or efficiency of (an object or living entity)”.
It is a widely accepted principle that when a thing is streamlined it moves more efficiently, as well as being faster, sleeker and generally more energy efficient. This is due to the fact that it is built in such a way as to enable it to progress with the very minimum of obstruction or resistance.
Animals with a shape that is streamlined tend to be fast and also powerful. The bottlenose dolphin, the mako shark, and the freshwater pike can all attain quite impressive speeds through the water whilst they are scouting for food. Man-made vehicles like the submarine, supersonic aircraft and racing cars designed for speed all operate within a similar principle. It isn’t bulk which propels an object forward at its optimum potential, but aero-dynamism and perfected design.
Thus it is also with any kind of group or organisation, whether it is a sports club, a civic society, a community organisation or a business. The structure is required to be powerfully built but stripped of any surplus fat, unashamedly designed for advancement and progress beyond all else, if it is to reach its maximum potential and stay at the leading edge in its field.
Where business and corporate enterprise are concerned this means in practice an organisation having to periodically reinvent itself, by offloading the dead weight that it inevitably collects in its wake from time to time and moving ahead with determination and purpose, unburdened by excess infrastructure or bureaucracy that is unproductive.
To achieve this an organisation will typically require some kind of specialist human resources training and development to enable it to use modern streamlining methods to get the very best out of the resources it possesses. A consultancy that offers training courses for HR, or HR workshops, can be worth its entire weight in gold to an organisation that feels the need to transform itself to be ready for tomorrow’s challenges.
In actual fact streamlining and modernisation are not in any way exclusive concepts to commercial business. In the public sector too the needs and expectations of taxpayers and of all those who require good service that is lean and cost-efficient expect those organisations to adopt something akin to a business model in the managing of their own operations. Local government especially has been a major growth area for HR transformation training over recent years.