Yesterday, we looked at my objections to the language of the phrase, “people are your best asset“, whereas today I would like to look at the truth behind the words. The phrase contains half truth, not whole truth, this has to be addressed in the context where it is used.
A few years back, I was involved with teams who were competing in the Welsh 3000 in 24hrs challenge. It was my first year of involvement and so I agreed to join a support team for some groups who were doing the event as preparation for my own challenge a year later. It was one of the most wise decisions that I have ever made as I learned a great deal. At each of the pit stops you received a clear indication of which teams were doing well and which were imploding – not all people were an asset on their team. Having the right people on a team was vital – a year later, after choosing the right team and a valuable lesson learned, we finished the event in 17 hours.
I believe that every person has value, every person has a beauty that others do not but there are occasions were you must choose the right people for the right time – choose wisely.
The phrase “People are your best asset” is one that I have both used and heard relayed to me on numerous occasions over the years and one that raises different responses, usually dependant on the context, from me personally. As a result, I have decided to do a couple of posts to try and sharpen my own thinking.
More often than not, the phrase/expression is used to show value and is used in a context to demonstrate that people are important, people are valuable and that we must not forget the importance of people. However, I struggle with calling people an ‘asset’. Why?
People are not commodities to be used but individuals or communities that should be valued
It implies ownership of people and this has dreadful connotations
It is about the best for ‘me’….whereas, it should be about us
These three things alone convince me that it is a phrase that may not be the most suitable to use. Is there a better way to express the same thing? I think that there is and that it is one known to us all, particularly in a Christian context. What about, “love your neighbour as you love yourself“? I think this has a much better feel to it, what do you think?