The poorest level determines the overall performance

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Using grass and trees as metaphors for healthy growth, this presentation derives lessons contrasting some of the prevailing wisdom needed for the success of organizations.

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The poorest level determines the overall performance

  1. 1. The Poorest Level Determines the Overall Performance<br />Ali Anani<br />
  2. 2. I was looking at a stressed tree<br />I noticed how vulnerable the tree was to insects and parasites<br />The Trigger for this Presentation<br />
  3. 3. Stressed people suffer. Are they analogous to trees in that stressed people are more prone to diseases? If so, what may we learn from stressed trees and grass?<br />Are We the Same?<br />
  4. 4. The Inquisitive Journey Began<br />
  5. 5. Soon, I discovered the wealth of information that we may extract from stressed trees and grass.<br />In fact, management may draw lot of lessons<br />Stressed Trees Teach us a Lot<br />
  6. 6. I was fortunate that my search led me to the excellent presentation by Paul Pugliese. It directed me to many conclusions I draw in this presentation<br />Learning from Grass<br />
  7. 7. The Perfect Organization as Derived from the Perfect Turf Grass Lawn<br />Turf Grass<br />Organizational-Equivalent<br />No weeds<br />No insects<br />No diseases<br />No watering<br />No trimming<br />Green year-round<br />No unneeded staff or toxic staff<br />No harmful employees<br />No sickening organization<br />No false decisions such as false incentives<br />No downsizing<br />Productive year-round<br />
  8. 8. The Perfect Organization as Derived from the Perfect Turf Grass Lawn- 2<br />Turf Grass<br />Organizational-Equivalent<br />Perfection is impossible, so how to handle deviations?<br />Analogously, how to handle organizational imperfections?<br />
  9. 9. Shared Problems<br />Top Five Problems Of Turf Grass<br />Equivalent Organizational Problems<br />People (70%)<br />Fungal Diseases (15%)<br />Weeds (10%)<br />Insects (5%)<br />Nematodes (<1%)<br />People<br />Toxic employees who assume the role of fungi<br />Employees who act like harmful weeds<br />Employees who specialize in carrying rumors and bad news<br />Employees who are hard to classify<br />See Anani and Bas de Baar for more information<br />
  10. 10. Do Organizations Know their Identity?<br />Turf Grass Lawn Identity<br />Organizational Identity<br />If the client doesn’t even know what kind of lawn they have, there’ a good chance they caused the problem!<br />Many organizations create their problems because they do not identify their personality and what business they are in<br />
  11. 11. Steps to Healthy Turf Grass and Healthy Organizations<br />Turf Grass Steps<br />Organizational Steps<br />Prepare soil properly<br />Identify their proper field and prepare it accordingly<br />
  12. 12. Steps to Healthy Turf Grass and Healthy Organizations<br />Turf Grass Steps<br />Organizational Steps<br />Prepare soil properly- insofar, application amount application timing and desired growth rate/quality<br />Identify their proper field and prepare it accordingly. Marketing should identify fertile soils to prepare them for the business and to ensure their readiness to accept the offered services or products<br />
  13. 13. Steps to Healthy Turf Grass and Healthy Organizations<br />Turf Grass Fertility Considerations<br />Organizational Considerations<br />To try and push growth on drought-stressed grass<br />To try and push growth on drought-stressed grass<br />
  14. 14. Begin with High Quality Staff<br />Use High Quality Seeds<br />Organizational Considerations<br />To try and push growth on drought-stressed grass<br />Poor employees give poor performance<br />
  15. 15. The poor selection of staff is costly. See this great calculator to visualize the cost of staff waste<br />The Cost of Poor Quality Staff<br />
  16. 16. Mowing Your Organization<br />Mowing Your Organization<br />Organizations<br />Mow at the recommended cutting height and only when the grass is dry.<br />Mow your offers and employees to a suitable level to renew the organization and protect it from drought of demand<br />Mow your offers and employees to a suitable level to renew the organization and protect it from drought of demand<br />
  17. 17. Avoid the Wisdom “the Best Gifts Are those that Come in Small Packages<br />Turf Grass<br />Organizations<br />Frequent watering is the number one cause of disease problems in home lawns<br />Remember that short, frequent irrigation creates a water addiction for grass roots<br />Only when the organization is stressed water it. If not, organizational disease will spread.<br />Avoid “watering” addiction for employees<br />
  18. 18. Compaction Problems<br />Turf Grass<br />Organizations<br />Soil compaction is a major root stress, water stress, and nutrient stress to turf grass. Stressed grasses are more likely to get insect or disease problems.<br />Stressed employees are more likely to get diseases. Absenteeism, high drug invoices and frequent doctor visits are testimonial of the cost of stress. Avoid compacting employees in small areas<br />
  19. 19. Covering Problems<br />Turf Grass<br />Organizations<br />Thatch can suffocate roots and can lead to shallow rooting over time<br />Do not suffocate the organization by covering its problems. Such practices will eat up the potential of the organization and may lead to its “kill”. Staff will be stressed and less immune to diseases<br />
  20. 20. The previous discussion revealed how poor work planning stress employees. Stress expresses itself as emotional stress, physical stress, behavioral stress and others<br />Consequences of Improper Management<br />
  21. 21. Stressed trees are far more attacked by insects, fungus, drought and thermal stress than healthy trees<br />So, are employees- stress them and get high rate of turn-over and absenteeism. Employees do show clay-like behavior, as Anani demonstrated<br />Humans Resemble Stressed Trees<br />
  22. 22. The lowest level of performance determines the overall performance of the organization<br />Stress lowers the weakest level much more readily than it does with the high level performers<br />Avoid this costly practice<br />Conclusion<br />

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