So to better understand the statement “ A Human Body can Teach us a lot about Organisational Management and Team Work “, I believe, we should start this conversation by first understanding the overall structure of a human body, and then its relevance to the topic.
Starting with the human body, the best way to define a human body will be as a single structure made up of trillions of cells, and these cells then make tissues, organs and systems including of digestive, nervous, skeletal, reproductive and muscular among others. So a healthy and functioning human body requires its core organs and systems as well as many other microscopic parts, each with its own marker or in other words identity to work together in an organisational manner.
And to replace a failing body organ, human beings have managed to develop organ transplant technics but the risk of rejection of the transplanted organ is always real, and this is mostly because of the immunity of the host human body. So when a person receives an organ from a donor that person’s immune system may consider it as a foreign object triggering a transplant rejection. The established procedure to lower the risk of rejections requires the doctors to match both the donors as well as the recipients.
But how is all this relevant to organisational management and team work ?
So in a similar way as a HUMAN BODY, organisational structures are generally made up of various parts. Organisations, in general tend to be possible variation of clustered entities depending on the goal, aim or objectives. And an organisational structure could be made of up various departments, subsidiaries or branches among others but all these various components or parts are operated by PEOPLE.
And just as a complex human body requires its various microscopic parts, each with its defined role and identity to be in sync all times, in order for a human body to remain efficient and healthy, an organisation requires all of its parts, each with its own identity and defined role to work together as one.
Also replacing the core people in charge of the management of an organisation is in some way similar to an organ transplant, there is always a risk that the receiver, in other words the people brought in as a replacement may not be compatible to the organisation so the board as well as the stake holders should not only evaluate the skills of the individuals but also try to match the individuals with the organisation to lower the risks of any negative impact on the organisation.
A human body is one of the most complicated machine ever made, and it is a prime example of team work and an efficient organisational management. So learning does come from within.