Ripened teams lessons from plants

Ali Anani, PhD
Ali Anani, PhDDirector General at Phenomena Communications
Ripened Teams,[object Object],Lessons from Plants,[object Object],Ali Anani,[object Object],And,[object Object],Bas de Baar,[object Object]
Opening Thoughts,[object Object],When we look at plants we get important lessons in successful information distribution.,[object Object],When we consider fruits we learn a lot about cultivating team success,[object Object]
Lessons in information distribution,[object Object]
Goals Achievement,[object Object],Plants have a goal: to disperse their seeds,[object Object],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,[object Object],The plants answer the question that animals ask “what is in it for me?”,[object Object]
Plants Have Goals Too,[object Object],Goals of ,[object Object],Plants:,[object Object], Seeds Dispersion,[object Object],Fruits give off,[object Object], ethylene gas,[object Object],Faster ripening ,[object Object],of fruits,[object Object],Plants cover their hidden goals with sugar,[object Object],Animals to eat the,[object Object], fleshy portion ,[object Object],Goal Achieved,[object Object],More dispersion,[object Object], of seeds,[object Object]
Goals- Time Relationship,[object Object]
Suggested Business Distribution Applications,[object Object],What distribution ideas we may get from plants?,[object Object]
Attract Potential Distributors,[object Object],Sugar-coat your goal,[object Object]
An Example- Co-authorship,[object Object],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,[object Object],The other author (BdB) has great experiences and a website that attracts thousands of readers,[object Object],Equally important is that the articles by Bas gets embeds in other blogs such as Project Server Blog,[object Object]
An Example- Co-authorship,[object Object],AA not only benefits from the experiences of Bas, but ensures that he presentation gets wider distribution ,[object Object],Check the number of embeds of this presentation in few days,[object Object],Presentations by AA allow Bas to offer quality content to his readers and benefits him directly,[object Object]
Creative Sugars,[object Object],Think of creative sugars to attract distributors ,[object Object],So, If you want effective information flow you,[object Object],have to find the sweet, so people want to,[object Object],distribute the information. The sugar can be ,[object Object],found in making it fun, social and playful,[object Object],What in it is for me? This is your sugar covering your cake (goal),[object Object],What is your ,[object Object],social sugar?,[object Object]
A Simple Formula,[object Object],To get distributed, viewed, embedded, or whatever you want use this simple formula,[object Object],Give people what theywant in which embedded is what youwant ,[object Object]
Lessons in Cultivating Successful Teams,[object Object]
Ripening Behavior and Employees Behavior,[object Object],Not all fruits and vegetables have similar ripening behavior,[object Object],So do employees,[object Object]
Why is the tomato such an uncertain hit and miss? ,[object Object],Why is the tomato such an uncertain hit and miss? ,[object Object],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,[object Object],Convertible sugars and convertible sugary goals,[object Object]
Ripening Behavior and Employees Behavior,[object Object],For example, tomato goes in a six-stage ripening process from green to red,[object Object]
Tomato Ripening Colors at each Stage,[object Object],Light Red  Stage,[object Object],Turning Stage,[object Object],Red Stage,[object Object],Pink  Stage,[object Object],Breaker Stage,[object Object]
Stages of Tomato Ripening and Team Ripening,[object Object],Green Stage,[object Object],Green stage of forming teams,[object Object],Minor changes of teams. The team starts to enter the storming phase,[object Object],Breaker Stage…,[object Object],Teams turning from storming to norming ,[object Object],Turning Stage,[object Object],Pink Stage,[object Object],More advanced norming stage,[object Object],Light Red Stage,[object Object],Performing stage of teams,[object Object],Red Stage,[object Object],High performance stage of teams,[object Object],Fruit Ripening Stages: Find Out Which Fruits Never Ripe After Picking and Which Do,[object Object]
Derived Business Lessons,[object Object],Tomato ripening stages are reflective of team development stages,[object Object],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,[object Object],Core behaviors and values dictate changes for teams,[object Object],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.,[object Object]
Derived Business Lessons- 2,[object Object],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. ,[object Object],As fruits decompose complex sugars into simple sugars with increased sweetness, so decompose your offers into simple, but become sweeter with time,[object Object]
Derived Business Lessons- 3,[object Object],Decompose incentives. Think of starch-like incentives that decompose into simpler, but sweeter incentives,[object Object]
Ripening and Employee Quality,[object Object],Fruits That Ripen in Appearance but not in Sweetness After Picking,[object Object],Fruits That Never Ripen After Picking,[object Object],Fruit That Only Ripens After Picking,[object Object],Fruit That Ripens in Every Way After Harvest,[object Object],Fully engaged employees,[object Object],“Cosmetic” employees with sweet appearance, but no sweetening value,[object Object],Slow, but sure employees with sweetness value increasing with time,[object Object],Passive employees who will remain disengaged,[object Object]
Compare Results,[object Object],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”. ,[object Object]
Ripening Leaders,[object Object],Great managers stimulate the release of ripening agents so that workers productivity go higher,[object Object],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,[object Object]
Ripen Your Team,[object Object],The container of the fruits influence the ripening process.,[object Object],Tomatoes in a brown bag ripen perfectly. Making them more sweet. The container around your team determine team success.,[object Object],The brown bag of team success consists of 7 elements,[object Object]
Team Success Requires Proper Goal Ripening,[object Object],Poisonous- Free Members,[object Object],Balanced of Proper Sizing,[object Object],Trust,[object Object],Team Success,[object Object],Flowing Communication,[object Object],Self-Organizing,[object Object],Adaptive and Avoiding Group Think),[object Object],Goal-Oriented,[object Object]
Conclusion,[object Object],Creative management ideas may be cultivated from the ripening process of fruits,[object Object],Understanding nature drives the understanding of leadership, team building and the generation of new ideas,[object Object],Green metaphors lead to green leadership,[object Object]
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