What the modern corporate and its employees, especially the HR function should know about the meaning of word the following words - ‘attention’ and ‘acceptance’. Why so much of furry and noise or hue and cry, more often, the corporate and its employees make in the market place. Is it not to catch the attention and then the acceptance? Is catching the attention means having the acceptance as well?
The popular understanding of the corporate and its employees in general about the meaning of ‘attention’ is having achieved the acceptance as well. They do everything possible to catch the attention of people around them with a belief that they can gain acceptance.
More often acceptance and recognition are mismatched and misunderstood. Effort to get attention will certainly help one to get noticed but what is well noticed by people at large need not enjoy equal acceptance from them.
To get noticed by others and to have acceptance of others, one has to play different game. If the game and its rules are not well understood or followed perfectly, the effort may pay nothing but grief and frustrations. The qualities/talents required for getting noticed (attention) is different from the qualities/talents required for having an overall acceptance.
Irrelevant things do get noticed or can catch the attention of people but are never accepted.
Look at the animal world. Many animals and birds do make different postures, sound etc., during breeding season in order to find their acceptance by the opposite sex. Besides giving sounds and making postures, they do go near the opposite sex to find their mood and acceptance. It seems they know the meaning of the words ‘attention’ and ‘acceptance’ better than many corporate and its employees.
None of the animals stop their effort with seeking attention; they proceed to the next level to see the scope for acceptance as well. They check the relevance and readiness of the other sex in accepting them. Once the relevance and readiness are found to be not there with the other sex, they move to a different area to continue their effort.
Do corporate employees know the component of attention should have some meaning and relevance to the people around and only then they would accept what they have noticed. Otherwise, people may just stare or watch and then go. What they have seen or noticed may not evoke any further interest in them. Hence whatever catch the attention are largely noticed but are not accepted.
HR training should involve and include the important dimension of how to shape the thinking process of the employees and the corporate, only then the employees will know how to measure their effort, its direction and consequences in the corporate ecosystem.
Ref: Management Book – Jungle wisdom for corporate management – lessons from university of nature – Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S Ranganathan