The triangle is indeed fascinating for the fact that it is so simple a figure to have inexhaustible properties and theorems associated with it. Leaving the world of geometry behind, the triangle still has many mysteries and tales to tell.
The first thing that would come to my mind is the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle
“It is the greatest modern mystery of our supposedly well understood world: a region of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the disappearance of ships and planes continue to defy explanation”
A complete paradigm shift into the field of Management and Organisational Behavior will lead us to what I would consider one of psychology’s best theorys’ proposed by Abraham Maslow, “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs”; and is something which im more interested at this point of time. Wikipedia has a whole lot of information relating to this, the crux of the matter being: people have needs starting from the lower level deficiency needs to growth needs which they realize with time until they reach a level of self relisation/actulisation.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs would apply to induviduals, but there probably could exist (or coexist!!) another triangle that could represent organizational structure, the apex being the chief, and the base of the triangle being the naïve new entrants to the organization. The employees at the base are the ones who have physiological and safety needs, they probably would want to first attain a state of financial stability and responsibility, slightly sidelining the other ambitious desires and needs. Progressions up the organization however fast or slow paced it might be, would take the individual to a state where his safety needs are satiated and then would arise the previously sidelined growth needs, till superiority is attained.
The best of the organizations’ would have a common goal and its employees would work towards the same in which case these two triangles shoud coexist. This could probably also justify the base for my comparison between the triangles of an individual’s needs and an organization’s structure.
As the organization grows in terms of manpower, maintaining the linearity of the leaning sides of the triangle would be a challenge for reasons more than one that needs to be addressed. Probably with time I might be able to figure out factors that influence the linearity of the leaning sides’ or probably end up justifying that a bulge in the organisational structure is the only profitably feasible way. The bottom line is however the fact that both the employees’ needs and the organizations’ goals are to be satisfied and that is what makes a successful organization and also a great one to work for.
There are already a couple of new thoughts in my mind right now, but ill put them here later, till then, its black, white and everything in between.
July 19th, 2007 at 8:41 am
Its quite funny cos only last week I thought about Maslow’s theory.. was surprised dat I remembered his name. went back to the days of lectures in our Principles of Management classes..
I was thinking of how we continuously crave for material things in an order..and move up in this ladder of craving.. a job with steady income, then a family, then a house with its furnishings..then a better-paying job.. and then comes de craving for a home to call it your own..
I guess this is my need pyramid till now which is in perpetual construction.. when will I reach the apex?!?
wats ur need pyramid like?!?
July 20th, 2007 at 6:50 am
even i rber those lectures and i know u enjoyed them the most :))
well, ure already one up in the pyramid than me.
but now im more interested in seeing that my pyramid of needs and the organizational structure pyramid are coexisting. more blog entries will come in that line ;)
March 9th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
Maslow , wasnt this taught by the MBA lecturer with the Squeaky voice… !
how about the inverted Triangle .. U first have very few needs , and then as U grow , ur needs multiply in all directions .. :)
March 9th, 2010 at 4:38 pm
ow yeah, but an entusiastic guy :)
its true that as a kid out needs are usually small and are anyway provided by our parents. but Maslow’s triangle of needs is a quantitative representations of the hierarcy of needs which dosent necessarily imply that the base is during your childhood. like for ex, i would think of the whole of “physiological needs” to be over a span of the first 20 – 25 years. i hope im making sence :)