We have realized in the recent years that the way we are organized internally, the way we are community and how we work with clients, is no longer just the sum of our insights. It is our own approach, unique and valuable. A Peoplerise Way, a philosophy, a method and an instrumentation, that allows us to do quality projects, standing on the shoulders of giants, from whom our knowledge has been deeply influenced, while at the same time giving our own contribution.
The Peoplerise Way is part of a strand that emerged particularly after the Second World War at the initiative of Bernard Lievegoed. Lievegoed, a doctor and psychiatrist, founded in those years in Holland the NPI Institute, a pioneer in defining an approach for the development of organizations that was not exclusively technocratic, and in bringing this method to companies.
In that era, human resource managers usually had ex-military backgrounds and companies, which were at the peak of an industrial revolution, had efficiency on the assembly line and standardization of behavior as their benchmarks. It was a time when we were moving towards an extremely scientific management, an idea of the rational man, in which cause and effect were always definable and processes and procedures alone could make a company work.
biographical and systemic vision of the human being
In contrast, Bernard Lievegoed brought the biographical and systemic view of human beings into organizational practices and began to develop a different way of thinking about organizational development as well. From that impulse many initiatives have been born that enter into this stream and have evolved to the present day. The Peoplerise Way is a modern, personal and future-oriented interpretation of this, integrated with further ingredients and inserted in a historical period in which there is now a widespread awareness that the scientific management paradigm is no longer sufficient.
the view of the organization as a living organism
The metaphor that guides us is the one of the organization as a living organism and not as a machine. The organization is thus characterized by two fundamental elements: the social and the technical reality. Social in the sense that the organization is made up of relationships between people and different cultures, technical because within the organization there are skills, procedures, processes, tools and machinery. Our approach focuses on both aspects, recognizing the value of the two paradigms and the necessity to address them in a holistic manner.
our view of human beings
This view of organizations derives from a view of humans that is equally clear to Peoplerise. Our observational lens looks at the human being as a creative person who expresses his/her fullest potential through his/her own drive. In work and non-work contexts, this can only happen when that context nurtures the individual’s ability to be creative. That is, to contribute with the individual creativeness to the development of the organization. Our method therefore emphasizes the work of the individual in the community and the activation of individual wills as propulsive elements in organizations.
the biographical approach
It is a biographical approach, in the sense that individuals and organizations are unique in their paths. The purpose of Peoplerise is to provide support so that the energy of the individual, his or her past, present and future path, can be united with the one of the organization, finding fertile ground and maximum expression, and that the organizational context at the same time helps the individual to express him or herself.
the search for meaning
In this historical moment, the need of individuals are oriented towards self-realization and personal development. People are less and less satisfied with simply doing a job, instead there is a search for meaning and a growing desire to make a contribution to a better world. Therefore, in organizations where the social aspect is integrated with the technical one, in which the individual can transform his or her potential, will generate not only greater satisfaction among individuals but will also have the possibility to perform better, more in line with today and able to face the future.