2. Is Your Most Important Asset Really an Asset?

Defining “asset”

Intellectual capital: The product of knowledge workers

The Intellectual Capital Index (ICI) explained

Are people in your organization really an asset or is that just a trendy slogan? If it feels like an asset it must be one, right? Perhaps. Historically, it was popular, especially in HR circles, to protest against thinking about people as merely assets. Articles teaming with pleas such as “...remember, your employees are someone’s mother, father, or child,” abounded, warning against a philosophy of ownership or even slavery of some sort. However, most HR professionals have now come to appreciate at least talking about people as “assets,” although doing so conceptually, since ...

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