Changing Directions Purposefully

Changing Directions Purposefully

A pendulum changes its swing direction

A river may change its flow direction

Wind changes its direction- The air flows cyclonically around low-pressure systems. If the wind changes direction in a cyclonic fashion it often means a low pressure or front is influencing the forecast area. Changing direction doesn’t have to be linear.

The roots of plants change their direction. This depends on many factors such as water availability, the texture of the soil and the availability of nutrients. Roots wave and skew when grown on an impassable area.

In todays’ business the growth of many companies passes through dry soils, areas with widely-compacted competition and lack of resources. Plants face same similar problems as businesses encounter today. Research has shown that the root morphologies of researched plants have changed from a random meandering (twisting) root path to a regular sinusoidal wave and, finally, to a normal gravity-aligned morphology. The external clues alert the roots to adapt with agility to the external environment.

Businesses today grow in environments like those that plants encounter. Strategist call for having a direction for a business and then making SMART objectives to reach the destination. This is only possible if the business grows in a stable environment. The wind of business may change its direction abruptly. The wind may be in the shape of a cyclone suggesting that it comes from a low pressure. The business “nutrients” might turn scarce and the landscape might be compacted with competition. Using Blue Ocean Strategy to walk out of competition is recommended. More appropriate shall be using disruptive creative ideas that disrupt the competition with new ideas and products that make the competition irrelevant. The urgent needs of the moment shall overweigh following strategic plans. It is alertness and agility to the surrounding conditions that shall make the business succeed and not adherence to the rocks of rigid plans. Reverse thinking shall be of utmost value in this regard to offset the effect of competition by turning the familiar and anticipated to unfamiliar and novel approaches. This is what Zipcar did. It changed the familiar process of car renting to a reversed process that resulted in making Zipcar the number one car rental company.

The soil of the business might be too harsh for a business to grow. The businesses could coil its branches or establish a sinusoidal arrangement of them. How to do this in a practical way? I believe that a business who can figure out a novel way of doing this shall be able to have the roots to grow and flourish.

Any idea how to accomplish this?


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#55
You are a great thinker and I love your mind dear Tausif Mundrawala. Please read my buzz of today and I look forward to reading your enlightening comment: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/analogy-of-climate-and-business-climate#c14

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#52
Thank you Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. In chaotic situation we need to move out by simplifying interaction rules so that we may enter into complex or simple zones. Your mother's wisdom is unbelievable and that is what helped you in life to deal with chaos.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#46
Life's hurdles can come at us at any point and time. I refer to them as chapters. Some build character, some teach lessons, some have a happy ending while others are an ongoing saga. I've had my share of hurdles but so far, I'm still in the race. Once I feel a chaotic event in my life is past or I at least have it under control, I try to wash my hands of it. My mother once told me I was good at taking things in my stride and most of the time, I agree with her statement. Yours is an interesting idea Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee and as you state "I am sure great new ideas shall emerge. No fair play, but with an eye to select a working idea, approach, methodology or process.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#49
The presentation is mostly in Arabic. However; I plan to rewrite it in English post to the workshop and will also incorporate the feedback from the discussions. The workshop allows for extended times for the discussions and I expect that some great ideas shall emerge. I shall certainly share it before the end of next July.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The presentation is mostly in Arabic. However; I plan to rewrite it in English post to the workshop and will also incorporate the feedback from the discussions. The workshop allows for extended times for the discussions and I expect that some great ideas shall emerge. I shall certainly share it before the end of next July.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #46

#48
I would be excited to see your presentation if it is available in some format i could understand. If you decide to post it somewhere after the presentation please alert me. This opportunity/outcome debate is displaying itself within identity groups and its opposition. The discussion is bringing forward a new role of leadership, that at first glance, will be challenging the opportunity model and insuring that leaders become more HR professionals rather than visionaries.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
You are amazing Harvey Lloyd. You wrote "Should leaders lead by providing opportunity for success within their group or should they lead by specific outcome desires?" This is one of the three topics I am presenting next July in Istanbul to the conference on leadership. That you choose leading by opportunity and providing the environment for such opportunities to emerge is vital. I love your comment.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #44

#46
There seems to be an underground debate emerging in this idea. Its being framed as; Should leaders lead by providing opportunity for success within their group or should they lead by specific outcome desires? Leading opportunity exposure allows each in the group to participate with the opportunity to the degree they wish. Leading by outcome attempts to homogenise each person in the group to a minimum/standard outcome. As i understand the debate. Each poses its own issues and problems but the opportunity approach would present the group with freedom to choose, where it may become burdensome on the group if each is forced into a minimum standard through outcome. Given that each would accept different levels of participation, the opportunity approach would allow for unequal inputs to reach 100% of goal. The opposite is true of outcome. This is a recently exposed concept for me. Leadership is precarious at best these days as we navigate the regulatory fields of human resources. More and more i sense we are being forced into the outcome model as opposed to the opportunity model. Leaders who have taken on the role (and the pay) are easier to encumber with providing opportunity rather than forcing the leader to insure that each member of the group is participating in outcome equally. Stimulating discussion.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
You inspire me with an idea from your comment addressed to Lisa Vanderburg makes so far buzzes on individual bees. Now, what would be interesting is to have interviews with two opposing characters (like Lisa with her chaotic turbulence and your orderly state). I am sure great new ideas shall emerge. No fair play, but with an eye to select a working idea, approach, methodology or process.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #42

#39
Absolutely. But you bring to the front a basic understanding of chaos and order. Within each we make choices. The larger question we must ask ourselves is does the choice extend or reduce the efforts towards order; or does it reduce order? I have found that good leaders can detach themselves from the material aspects of these choices and choose the best choice. In a lot of cases these choices are not good for them but serve the goals of the group. Those who see the world from materialism attempt to choose in the sense of fair play. Unfortunately fair play is in the eyes of the beholder, not the choice maker. You add some very dynamic extensions to a very, very conscious thought process. Although i enjoy your humility i would think it would be tough to sit across the table from you in opposition.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
- luckily order and chaos co-exist together. It makes little difference who is the chaotic one or orderly one. The thing is they co-exist. If we were both of same type we wouldn't

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #40

#40
I think my chaos would disagree with your summation, dear Doctor! Better have my order to go :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Your spirit and encouragement are so impacting Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador. Emojis speak louder than words.

Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador

Nice work again Ali👍👍👍👍🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
May be this is what binds us together dear Lisa Vanderburg- you are the order mixed with my chaos!!!

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #36

#32
Thanks Harvey Lloyd line too Ali!). Self/others? Integrity/division? Don't know how you guys do it......#36 #11 #31 #37 #21 ?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit- I paused and paused to think of what you wrote "We harden the arteries of our own imaginations". This is a great imagination and reinforces the value of what Einstein said about imagination " "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution". We can't evolve without imagination. I even dare to say that we can't be "antifragile" as Nassim Taleb advocated without imagination. The value of the "roots of imagination" is tremendous. This is along enhancing the roots of innovation, as you Manjit mentioned in your comment. a great comment that is worthy of digesting.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
Harvey Lloyd- great thinking and what you wrote here is a nugget of wisdom. I mean "But naturally we need to understand that chaos and order are the same coin just different sides. The nature of being in order would prescribe that we are moving to chaos". We can't have one without the other. If we look at the graph of how order emerges from chaos and how chaos results from order then the depth of your comment becomes evident. In complex system where chaos initiates we always notice short-lived organized strips of order.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #33

Most of our decisions are virtual today rather than physical. We harden the arteries of our own imaginations and therefore we concertize the symbolic - yet we are not encumbered by the physical manifestation that a tree has with its roots. We choose to keep reviving memories and to change directions purposefully, we need to understand that the physical roots we think we have created are as atomized as the thinking that has hardened those thoughts. In the rearrangement of these atoms we create new possibilities and from these new possibilities emerge new types of roots - and those roots are not the same as the root of trees but a significant value in the 21st Century, the roots of innovation. Imagining new roots are an altogether different mindset than physical roots that become obstacles rather than opportunities. Our roots are in the past, but our ability to change directions purposefully means the nature of roots is a disentanglement and reinvention of what a roots purpose is in present value context.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
You remind me of the late great CEO Steve Jobs who said that business should tell the customer what he /she needs. This is a reverse thinking of the conventional thinking dear Tausif Mundrawala. Regarding making money your point is valid. If you visit the Balanced Scorecard you shall find that making profits is the end result of a complex process starting from learning to increase the capacity and creativity of a business. Then this may result in improving internal process which in turn brings more loyal and repeating customers. If this happens then profits are possible.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
I should wait for the response to your comment dear Lisa Vanderburg. I just want to say that for me you explained the comment wonderfully Lisa. Yes, as there is success syndrome; so there is what I call the "confidence syndrome". I have to Google this to find if there is any information about this.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Your wishes are my hope Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #29

#30
You nailed the existential part of nurture with your analysis. But naturally we need to understand that chaos and order are the same coin just different sides. The nature of being in order would prescribe that we are moving to chaos. Sometimes we catch it (or shown it:) others it is the law of unintended consequences come to play. Accepting this is "natural" keeps us from the existential outcomes you described. When i hear of the crisis as you described i can follow back to a point that order was loosing its grip and we fought for stability instead of riding the wave. I am always pushed back when someone like Starbucks listens to high paid PR firms in crisis when they should have known this chaos was coming. So i find the leadership wanting. Who in their right mind could watch any news and not expect chaos to visit. Well they will now deal with the fall out of more layers of unintended consequences. My thoughts lead me to corporate culture will be the first to be attacked internally. I am still reading and enjoying i have stepped back from my social media and miss the folks i have met. Life should be finding a little calmer pattern in the near future.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #28

#23
In your second paragraph Harvey Lloyd of this comment (so wonderful to just hang out with you agin BTW!), you suggest that leadership often becomes as flawed as its earnings. Like confidence in money-markets or currencies. Did I get that right? Numbskull here :)

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #27

#28
Good luck in your presentation though I am sure you will bless all those who attend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
Harvey Lloyd- I shall not argue with your logic. I mentioned before that success emerges from failure with persistence, unlearning and learning. That is why I strongly support your statement "enjoy the hunt not the accomplishment of success". With this frame of mind a leader may try and try again till success emerges. I am lecturing on leadership in a regional conference in Istanbul next July. I have prepared simulations to show what you reflected in your comment.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #25

#25
Irony is always a struggle. This is no less in leadership. We enter our thoughts and new beginnings in an effort to bring order to chaos. Once we are immersed we begin to fear the chaos that we originally saw opportunity. Irony. I am afraid that with success (which was on the other side of the chaos we sought to tame) the granting of certain social/professional privileges/blessings are now a part of the loss we feel within chaos. If i could only have a few words for the answer to your question, enjoy the hunt not the accomplishment of success. The hunt is what is engaging, produces courage and also allows for humanity. Success is most always something to defend. Giving way to the proverb; Unless you are the lead dog the view never changes. Defending something will always have you viewing the south end of a north bound jackass:)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Harvey Lloyd- sharing my buzz is greatly appreciated. However; the real delight comes from your from the thoughts you put with your sharing. Thank you my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Harvey Lloyd- you explained beautifully the new term "Chaordic Leadership". Leaders who may turn chaos into order and enjoy the great emerging opportunities. The increasing interconnections and associated feedback shall lead to an increasing tendency towards chaos. What many leaders do they tend to become managers and apply more control. They try to control the uncontrollable. They drive in sinking sand and still they think they may force their control on the car (organization). Honestly, your comment opens so many windows to rethink leadership. I am immersed in the depth of your comment.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #22

Join a old but salient discussion that has now become new again. Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee is presenting a new look from a natural perspective.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #21

Chaos theory is where the answers to your question lies. Often we have discussed the individual we call leader. Now you have turned to the existential thinking and choices. When revenue is good we sense order, but as we sense the topping chaos tends to show itself. Is this nature or nurture? How you answer this question will determine what report you will attack, revenues or expenses. All to often we bet the farm or build a fortress. Typically the answer is in between. This is where many of the character discussions we have had come into play. Self awareness allows us to have the courage to meet our chaos of opportunity. Success lies just on the other side of our fear. Great post and thoughts. Your question has filled libraries.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
You are spot on Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador. SMall changes are great for experimentation and learning. Yes, as roots adapt in their direction when they sense the need to we too must do the same. Thank you for your great elaboration.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Companies can't be complacent in their thinking. Changing direction can be tedious but perhaps necessary. The key is to be sure the short-term fix is favorable for long-term success. As usual, an excellent and food for thought buzz Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Absolutely spot on my friend Jerry Fletcher. Shared views to a direction converges efforts and bring feelings of ownership. This means more engagement, more persistence and more devotion. I agree with you

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

#17
my pleasure, sharing is caring

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

#16
many thanks, it is stored now in my box of sweet compliments Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Thank you for your touching sharing of the buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
You have innate beauty in you . No wonder you write beautiful buzzes

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #13

Ali, food for thought as always. In my view the critical factor is that all businesses are composed of people. Yes, environments change. Yes they may be confronted by unpredicted events. Yes there may be limited resources. But if there is a strong shared vision and a mission that is clear to every employee the life of the business will continue. Will it grow? Only if the longer view can be connected to ways to overcome current difficulties. it is the combining of all the employees wants. needs and desires that provides a growth impetus. A plant has a singular focus. A business is many individuals focused.

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador
Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee every comparison to nature, makes my heartbeat more like a melody, beautiful article and love this 'The roots of plants change their direction'. Well done!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
#11 Interesting comment Pascal Derrien. The cut off point is a way to disrupt complex systems and complex macro companies. This is what I am planning for my next buzz and your comment delighted me.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #9

Cut off point and decision point always work in pairs 😀

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Very correct and trees intertwine their roots with the long and far-reaching fungi roots to make the biggest under the earth network in the world. You are very wise Bill King

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
This was is short, bu but, my dear it took me a lot to keep my eye on the ball. Thank you and the comments you refer to are excellent and very mind-openers. I am still moved by your last buzz my dear Lisa Vanderburg

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #6

I know little of this world you describe, dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee make excellent and harmonious observations to your excellent buzz here. Maybe therein lies the answer; even in furious busy-ness, stillness to reflect is key? There's Karma for ya!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Yes indeed my friend Edward Lewellen is worthy and your comment enriched it. If a business sinks in the trough of its success the syndrome shall take over and the business will not survive.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Thank you my friend Randall Burns. You bring to my attention and the attention of the readers of your comment many vivid points such as applying the Karma rules. It is a very deep observation, which you could easily develop into a buzz of great value. I love also the idea of living harmoniously with the environment. This is a most viable option. Thank you so much for extending the possibilities of this "short" buzz by elongating it with very deep thoughts.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Very profound comment my dear Debasish Majumder. I love your extension of the tree growing in rocks. It is a great example of doing the unfamiliar. There is a way even when rocky obstacles standing in our way. I also thank you for your sharing of the buzz and being the first to comment. Is there a poem based on your comment? I think it shall be "rocking".

Randall Burns

Randall Burns

3 years ago #2

Excellent analogy Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I agree that a business must be able to change and evolve "naturally" to the market environment around it, just like a tree root system, in order to survive and flourish. Absolutely concur with your sentiment of; "The urgent needs of the moment shall overweigh following strategic plans. It is alertness and agility to the surrounding conditions that shall make the business succeed and not adherence to the rocks of rigid plans." This is a great example of "Organic Management". Your question of "How to accomplish this?" does open the door for a very lengthy discussion so being as concise as possible I would list the following attributes; - adaptability - keeping one's mission statement/priority in mind, (in the restaurant business this would be "The customer is the #1 priority") - Karma rules, (as simple as this sounds I've found from experience that this concept has never steered me wrong) - Hard work ethic - working/living harmoniously with the environment around you There are many more but these are a few basics that keep the tree living and prospering Great article sir!

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #1

lovely buzz sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! i wonder, in a frozen water bodies, apparently it looks like having no flow as no life it contains. some plants amazingly grow in rocks and their shoots are wonder to us too, and their strategy to survive and expressing their entity are equally appear as a static one. now their spiral motion having upward and downward direction state too! now, to scale their height and growth are difficult too, which are depending of the external conditions which too enabled them to express their inherent force to manifest. however, nice insight sir. enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.

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