GROUPS

The best definition of Management I found was in the United States Air Force Literature, Getting people to do what you want them to do, because they want to do it." The study of people joining groups and why, is what I will describe, some voluntary and some involuntary.

Why do people join groups? I joined the Air Force to stay out of the Army Draft. So I joined a group; I gave up something in hope of gaining a greater benefit by belonging to the group, the Air Force. I did not get drafted in the Army because I saw by joining the Army I would be giving up too much for too little gain, in my opinion.

One of the first examples of joining a group and then having to give up something, for a hope of a greater good, is in the bible:

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

So the two things of organization building is in these passages.

1. What do I give up?
I have to consent to the yoke upon me. We know that this refers to a yoke an ox uses to pull objects. So if there is any doubt about joining this organization and it's requirements, just look at the ox. Then to soften the yoke, "my burden is light', still a yoke nonetheless.

2. What do I gain?
The sales point, the gain is, "ye shall find rest unto your souls". If the gain is important to you, then joining this organization might be appealing.

So the recruiting plan is laid out, give up something to join the group, gain something by belonging to the group. There is only one exception of people joining a group, not giving up something, not gaining something. The exception is the Grave Yard. People gathered together in the Grave Yard have really no rational purpose, and no apparent gain.

Even when people do charity work, with no apparent gain, there is gain. It is called self actualization, an improving of self worth, feeling good about yourself.

So when you make friends, work, belong to groups, get married, get arrested or any other interaction humans have, these two things never change. Give up something, gain something.

Yes, even when you get arrested by the police, you give up your freedom instead of getting beat up, chased down, or shot. Give up something, gain something.

Committing to a Group and the Gain or result of that could be a difficult choice.
A Manager must present a clear case of what is expected in the Group and the reward involved. Give up something, gain something. It is a way of life.


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