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We derive lessons from the ripening of fruits to improve teamwork, leadership and performance of employees

We derive lessons from the ripening of fruits to improve teamwork, leadership and performance of employees



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  • Ripened Teams
    Lessons from Plants
    Ali Anani
    Bas de Baar
  • Opening Thoughts
    When we look at plants we get important lessons in successful information distribution.
    When we consider fruits we learn a lot about cultivating team success
  • Lessons in information distribution
  • Goals Achievement
    Plants have a goal: to disperse their seeds
    To achieve this goal plants attract dispersing agents (animals) by giving them fleshy parts. Animals eat the fleshy part and in the process disperse seeds
    The plants answer the question that animals ask “what is in it for me?”
  • Plants Have Goals Too
    Goals of
    Seeds Dispersion
    Fruits give off
    ethylene gas
    Faster ripening
    of fruits
    Plants cover their hidden goals with sugar
    Animals to eat the
    fleshy portion
    Goal Achieved
    More dispersion
    of seeds
  • Goals- Time Relationship
  • Suggested Business Distribution Applications
    What distribution ideas we may get from plants?
  • Attract Potential Distributors
    Sugar-coat your goal
  • An Example- Co-authorship
    One of the authors of this presentation (AA) has the hidden goal of attracting more viewership of this presentation. What is in it for me? The answer is wider viewership
    The other author (BdB) has great experiences and a website that attracts thousands of readers
    Equally important is that the articles by Bas gets embeds in other blogs such as Project Server Blog
  • An Example- Co-authorship
    AA not only benefits from the experiences of Bas, but ensures that he presentation gets wider distribution
    Check the number of embeds of this presentation in few days
    Presentations by AA allow Bas to offer quality content to his readers and benefits him directly
  • Creative Sugars
    Think of creative sugars to attract distributors
    So, If you want effective information flow you
    have to find the sweet, so people want to
    distribute the information. The sugar can be
    found in making it fun, social and playful
    What in it is for me? This is your sugar covering your cake (goal)
    What is your
    social sugar?
  • A Simple Formula
    To get distributed, viewed, embedded, or whatever you want use this simple formula
    Give people what theywant in which embedded is what youwant
  • Lessons in Cultivating Successful Teams
  • Ripening Behavior and Employees Behavior
    Not all fruits and vegetables have similar ripening behavior
    So do employees
  • Why is the tomato such an uncertain hit and miss?
    Why is the tomato such an uncertain hit and miss?
    With roughly 400 acids, sugars and other volatile elements comprising the tomato its not surprising that they can be a complex thing to harvest. The constantly varying ratios of these unstable compounds within the tomato dictate what the state of your final crop will be. The colour change from green to red, for example, is indicative of a chemical transition within the fruit, as the acid balance moves from the weaker malic acid to the sharper citric acid concentration, and the dominant sugars are shifting from glucose to the sweeter fructose
    Convertible sugars and convertible sugary goals
  • Ripening Behavior and Employees Behavior
    For example, tomato goes in a six-stage ripening process from green to red
  • Tomato Ripening Colors at each Stage
    Light Red Stage
    Turning Stage
    Red Stage
    Pink Stage
    Breaker Stage
  • Stages of Tomato Ripening and Team Ripening
    Green Stage
    Green stage of forming teams
    Minor changes of teams. The team starts to enter the storming phase
    Breaker Stage…
    Teams turning from storming to norming
    Turning Stage
    Pink Stage
    More advanced norming stage
    Light Red Stage
    Performing stage of teams
    Red Stage
    High performance stage of teams
    Fruit Ripening Stages: Find Out Which Fruits Never Ripe After Picking and Which Do
  • Derived Business Lessons
    Tomato ripening stages are reflective of team development stages
    Ripening starts from the core, with the outer surface changing last. By the same token, it is important to build a solid core of teams before “its outer skin” may reflect its maturity
    Core behaviors and values dictate changes for teams
    Blame culture, mistrust and loafing (Loafing is the tendency for individuals to lessen their effort when they are part of a group – also as the Ringelmann Effect) are the indicators for low productivity and that performance is deteriorating. We need powerful and yet simple indicators to indicate performance.
  • Derived Business Lessons- 2
    A very interesting lesson is that ripening increases the attractive power of tomato; so businesses have to develop similar ideas. Tomato decomposes the complex starch sugar into simple sugar molecules that increase the sweetness of tomato. Business that have developed ideas along these line are successful. Frequent Traveler Programs, for example, increase their attractiveness by increasing the rate of collecting points as the traveler stays longer with the company.
    As fruits decompose complex sugars into simple sugars with increased sweetness, so decompose your offers into simple, but become sweeter with time
  • Derived Business Lessons- 3
    Decompose incentives. Think of starch-like incentives that decompose into simpler, but sweeter incentives
  • Ripening and Employee Quality
    Fruits That Ripen in Appearance but not in Sweetness After Picking
    Fruits That Never Ripen After Picking
    Fruit That Only Ripens After Picking
    Fruit That Ripens in Every Way After Harvest
    Fully engaged employees
    “Cosmetic” employees with sweet appearance, but no sweetening value
    Slow, but sure employees with sweetness value increasing with time
    Passive employees who will remain disengaged
  • Compare Results
    The previous slide provides a different approach to the work by Joyce on Team Interaction- Part 1. This article is worthy of the readers’ time, in which team behavior is divided into four groups. These are: the “mummy”, the "windbag”, the “Rambler” and the “homesteader”.
  • Ripening Leaders
    Great managers stimulate the release of ripening agents so that workers productivity go higher
    Like tomatoes and ripening fruits, good managers release something like ethylene that ripen employees and put them in their respective sweet spots; promoting their productivity in the process
  • Ripen Your Team
    The container of the fruits influence the ripening process.
    Tomatoes in a brown bag ripen perfectly. Making them more sweet. The container around your team determine team success.
    The brown bag of team success consists of 7 elements
  • Team Success Requires Proper Goal Ripening
    Poisonous- Free Members
    Balanced of Proper Sizing
    Team Success
    Flowing Communication
    Adaptive and Avoiding Group Think)
  • Conclusion
    Creative management ideas may be cultivated from the ripening process of fruits
    Understanding nature drives the understanding of leadership, team building and the generation of new ideas
    Green metaphors lead to green leadership