Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Oranges Bag Management Model.

The Oranges Bag Management Model.
In the past days I’ve been thinking about the HHRR management model used by some companies to maximize their performance and increase the volume of their business and, from my own personal experience, I couldn’t help but think of an oranges bag.

You know I always like to use simple, clear words, like those we use every day, to talk about issues that could be discussed on a more formal environment.

That’s why I came up with the oranges bag, because for sure, at least once in your life, you've made a delicious, freshly squeezed orange juice or have eaten a tasty dessert prepared from the husks of the fruit.

And it’s precisely there where I’m starting from today. There are at least two ways to make use of an oranges bag, both of which clearly reflect the way things are done nowadays in many companies and how I think they should be done.

Let’s begin by squeezing some oranges to make fresh juice.

In every family the easiest way to prepare orange juice is to take the fruits out of the bag, wash them with water to keep strange things from happening, slice them in half and squeeze the juice either with your bare hands or a special tool created for this, be it the traditional squeezer we’ve all known for years which used to leave our hands crushed, or an electric one. Your choice.

Then we squeeze oranges until the strength of our hands allows us to or until no more pulp is left to squeeze on the fruit. The seeds are collected in the squeezer’s filter and usually discarded along with the shells.

Voilá. Our delicious juice is ready, with all its vitamins, with all its medicinal properties, and, especially, with its wonderful flavor.

So far, so good, right? You bought oranges for making juice and your drink is now ready to sip. A management model so commonly used, that it’s difficult to discover its flaws.

How can we get more from this management model?

This management model I shared with you above is applied by many companies to manage their employees and, perhaps, it’s the model you apply in yours: You hire individuals to perform a specific task, then squeeze them (little by little, or down to the metal) to get the best results from them and once that person's ability to do her job has decreased or has completely stopped, the employment relationship ends. That’s it.

What happens to the shells and seeds? Many houses take advantage of the shells to prepare delicious desserts or even, in the most scientific cases, to make medicines, perfumes, cosmetics and even biofuel. You can obviously use the seeds to plant orange trees that will produce more fruits to make juice for ever.

When it comes to individuals, the shells are like all those hidden talents and skills the person has that may allow her to effectively perform a different task, or be promoted within your own company to a department in which she will be more productive for your business.

And the seeds are like the ideas the person can produce for you, new things you could develop, new products, strategies, plans, and many other things.

Don’t limit yourself to only evaluating the performance of specific tasks.

People are somehow like oranges: All of them can give juice, ie, can perform a specific task, but also, like oranges, they have additional talents and skills, and can continually produce ideas to help you develop your business on a positive  way.

Don’t limit your management model to the evaluation of performance, based on a specific task only. Dive deep into the management of your employees so you can discover how you can help them reach their full potential, motivate their growth and continuous development, and open avenues for developing and sharing new ideas with them.

Open your business mind so you can learn from each and every one of the people working for you today because you don’t know if tomorrow you buy an oranges bag that don’t produce much juice, have fewer seeds or shells which are very hard to extract more out  of them.

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  1. Joel, This is an excellent article congratulations

    1. Eduardo,

      I am truly sorry for not getting back to you before, as soon as you posted your comment. I do appreciate your feedback and do agree with most of the statements in your profile.

      I do believe, beyond many things, there are things in the business world that should be done on a different way, specially when it comes to managing human resources.

      Thanks a lot for your participation. Appreciated :-D