By Henry C. Metcalf, L. Urwick
Mary Parker Follett was once a trendy enterprise thinker of the interval, who agreed with Sheldon in regards to the have to emphasize human elements in administration, yet putting better tension at the have to enhance a technological know-how of cooperation.
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Integration seems to many a tamer affair; it leaves no “thrills” of conquest. ” It is even true that to some people defeat, as well as conquest, is more interesting than integration. That is, the person with decided fight habits feels more at home, happier, in the fight movement. Moreover, it leaves the door open for further fighting, with the possibility of conquest the next time. Another obstacle to integration is that the matter in dispute is often theorized over instead of being taken up as a proposed activity.
The standard of living goes up not only while, but partly because, it is being studied. This conception of the developing situation is of the utmost importance for business administration. It makes it impossible to construct a map of the future, yet all our maxims of foresight hold good; every business should reconcile these two statements. We should work 22 CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICT always with the evolving situation, and note what part our own activities have in that evolving situation. This is the most important word, not only for business relations, but for all human relations: not to adapt ourselves to a situation—we are all more necessary to the world than that; neither to mould a situation to our liking —we are all, or rather each, of too little importance to the world for that; but to take account of that reciprocal adjustment, that interactive behaviour between the situation and ourselves which means a change in both the situation and ourselves.
But before we do that I want to say definitely that I do not think integration is possible in all cases. When two men want to marry the same woman, there can be no integration; when two sons both want the old family home, there can usually be no integration. And there are many such cases, some of little, some of great seriousness. I do not say that there is no tragedy in life. All that I say is that if we were alive to its advantages, we could often integrate instead of compromising. I have a friend who annoys me in this way.