Neurons serve as a medium of communication (facilitated by synapses) within the human system and brain by processing signals physiologically and electrochemically. In other words, neurons are considered as the building blocks of the nervous system.
Networks can be considered as analogous to the processes and lateral links established by the neurons and synapses with other parts of the body and nerve cells to coordinate physical muscular movements, cognitive abilities, heartbeats/rhythms, learning, etc. Therefore, facilitating a synchronistic physiological and psychological functioning of the human body.
Metaphors have their own charm. Academic scholars, practitioners, poets, literature specialists, and others have used metaphors to better express ideas, thoughts, models, and resemblance.
The metaphor of gardening was used to illustrate effective management by Stephen R. Axley in his well-written article ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ An excerpt of this article can be found at https://www.questia.com/magazine/1P3-222373901/how-does-your-garden-grow. I read this article as a part of my school curriculum (graduated Fall 2016) and we were required to describe U.S. organization/workforce metaphorically.
I could relate today’s 21st-century organization and workforce to neuronal networks due to my I described today’s 21st-century organization and workforce as neuronal networks due to my passion for neuroscience, especially neuroplasticity.
Human brain consists of more than one hundred billion neurons, interconnected with each other through synapses.
Neuroplasticity can be considered as an analogy to those global organizations that are referred to as learning organizations. The brain’s plasticity nature can be attributed to the fact that the neurons and synapses keep reorganizing themselves throughout the human life span thereby forming new neural connections throughout life.
Learning organizations that emphasize learning and development tend to keep reorganizing themselves to be in sync with technological, global, and/or other business advances. The neuroplasticity concept not only helps each member of the workforce to expand his/her knowledge (provided the person is motivated to learn) but also new neural pathways are established through new interconnections and knowledge-sharing with other members or new members of the workforce.
What Metaphor would you use to describe today’s global organizations and workforce?
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