I have been doing some thinking – for several school assignments – and have been pondering what it will take to make the organisations in Jamaica, HIP: Happy, Innovative and Productive… and engendering organisational commitment from the majority, if not all of their workers. Developing HIP organisations in Jamaica would, in my view, be the engine of growth of this economy.
I have said it for years that we need to develop more understandable, and therefore, more accessible, solutions to our problems than the esoteric prescriptions of the economists upon whose words we have relied for the past two generations. Clearly, not being an economist myself, I am not in a position to challenge their pronouncements about the efficacy of a neoliberal worldview, and the attendant structural adjustment programmes being advocated by the big international financial institutions that dominate our consciousness. For me, however, it is simply a matter that we must produce more of the goods that the world’s peoples want to buy, and export this to them. We need to eschew the small thinking that has condemned us to being hewers of wood and drawers of water, peripheral to the scheme of things in the world today.
We need to create new goods and services and sell them in the new markets that we developed ourselves. This will require a different kind of thinking than has been typical of our public and private sector leaders until now. That kind of organisational innovation will require transformational individuals who work in a-culturally palatable groups to generate the synergies necessary to transform Jamaican operations. In short, we will need to throw our energies into developing HIP organisations in Jamaica.
My colleagues and I in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work’s Human Resource Development Graduate Programmes Unit at the University of the West Indies’, Mona Campus, will be exploring these topics in the coming months. Pray with me that we gain insight into the real causes, and possible solutions to the malaise existing within Jamaican organisations. We believe that we have some notion of what these are, but you’ll have to read the books that we’ll be publishing over the next year or so in order to get the full story, but we recognize that for this is one time when we cannot afford to fail, and indeed, we do not intend to do so. So, in the spirit of being atypically team-spirited, I, Gabrielle Burns, invite you to share with me your ideas about what it will take to produce HIP organisations in Jamaica.