HRD as a Tree: Growing Together. Tara Chatterson EHRD 603 Dr. Dooley Texas A&M University. What HRD means to me:.
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I like to think of HRD as a tree. HRD is often defined as: “the framework for helping employees develop their personal and organizational skills, knowledge, and abilities…[Also,] the focus of all aspects of [HRD] is on developing the most superior workforce so that the organization and individual employees can accomplish their work in service to customers” (Heathfield, 2013). A tree is a fully integrated system where all parts must work together to ensure the survival and growth of the entire entity. The roots, trunk, bark, branches, twigs, leaves, and fruit of a tree can be viewed as metaphorical parts of an organization. The outside elements (i.e., wind, storms, rain) act as the global economy, forcing the tree and all of its components to work collaboratively in order to be successful in an unpredictable environment. Finally, the fruit the tree works to produce can be viewed as the product offered to consumers.
Roots-extract life-giving nutrients and water from the soil, store sugar, and anchor the tree to the ground
Trunk-supports the crown of a tree and gives the tree shape and strength
Bark-covers the trunk, branches, and twigs of a tree and acts as, “a suit of armor against the world by protecting the tree from insects, disease, storms, and extreme temperatures” (Parts of a Tree, 2011)
Branches-are the woody divisions/parts of a tree that grow from the trunk
Twigs-are: “slim woody shoots that grow from a branch or stem of a tree” (Twig, 2003-2008)
Leaves- “really make the tree” (Leaves, 1999-2013), come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and positions, and are the product of the tree’s nutrients, sun, and soil
Fruit- is the fleshy product of a tree that can be eaten as food or used for reproduction (Fruit, 2003)
Carbon/Oxygen Exchange=Communication and feedback between management and employees
Water=Innovation to stimulate change and fluidity
Soil-Motivation to promote growth and well-being
Sunlight-Inspiration to reach for the sky and become the absolute best that one can be
Training & Development
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