Over-inflation of tires causesUneven tread wear
Over-inflation of tires causesUneven tread wearDecreased responsetime when driving
Over-inflation of tires causesUneven tread wearDecreased responsetime when drivingHitting a curb can cause the tireto separate from the rim or explode
This risk increases inhot weatheras the tires becomeover-inflated with theirhot air content
So are over-inflated teamsOver-inflation of teams causesUneven tread wearDecreased response time when driving to their goalHitting a curb can cause some team members to disengageThis risk increases in heated andangry atmosphere of organizations.
The teamdriver(leader)is leadingexplosivepassengers(team members)
Team leaders shouldavoid over-inflating theirteam members ifthe prevailing climate is hot
Tires have a shelf life.In time the rubber loses its flexibility.When it dries out, it will usually crackAvoid old tires
Make sure old team membersdo not lose theirflexibility and adaptabilityRearrange teams.Better let teams self-organize
Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableNails and brokenglass are examples
Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableAvoid driving over teammembers who have brokenhearts or nail-likecharacters
Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableA team leader shouldnot also delay acting .Else, the problemaggravates with time.
Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableBroken glass is problematic.Discover their presence inthe tire by immersing it inwater to find the holecaused by the glass
Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableBy the same token, immerseyour team in fluid works sothat you may discoverthe “hole”.
Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableCheck the inner and outer sidewall of the tirefor problems such as the presence of bubblesThis could mean that you have broken a tire bandwhile suffering the flat, or simply damagedthe sidewall. This poses a serious safety threat
Deflation of tires maynot be avoidableWatch out for bubble talks amongteam members and act realizingthat this problem would becomeunsolvable if not acted upon.
The metaphor- tires that areinflated to specified pressure.Inflate people with workloadabove or below their “optimalZone” the performance goesdown, risk increases andstress goes upward
The metaphor- tires that areinflated to specified pressure.Inflate people with workloadabove or below their “optimalZone” the performance goesdown, risk increases andstress goes upwardThese result in de-motivating the staff.The vicious spiral starts.
The optimal pressure level is dependenton the tires, road conditions, tire specs.Likewise; not all employees are the same.We need to test not only by increasingpressure on them, but equally importantby lowering pressure. Less workload, gobird watching are just great examples oflowering pressure and releasing “excessunwanted air” inside the employees.