Enhancing the Performers

Enhancing the Performers

Few years back I wrote a presentation on Strategy Race Model to upgrade the performance of your employees. This was a two-pronged approach. In the first one the metaphor of burning coal and its relevance to the enhancement of the performance of employees. In the second approach I used racing as the metaphor for enhancing employeesโ€™ performances. I looked back on these two metaphors and I find them applicable today more than they were years ago. I shall explain why soon.

The process for improving the burning of coal involves the following steps and as outlined in the figure below.

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Extending the same thinking to enhancing employeesโ€™ performance is reflected in the next image.

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The process sequence includes Review, Avoidance, Conversion and Employment and hence the acronym RACE.

Like we need to review the quality of coal, we need to review the quality of employees. The presence of impurities may retard the good burning of coal. Likewise; the presence of reckless employees may down the firing potential of good ones. The type of impurities in coal may differ depending on the origin of coal and its environment. Employees when they move from one place to another may carry with them the seeds of their previous environment. If these seeds are bad, they are prone to downgrade the performance of the organization.

The burning of coal is influenced by the burning environment. Likewise, the burning of employees shall cause the burning out of good employees if the work culture is unhealthy. The bad employees shall expel the good ones. Employees increasingly come from different origins. Watch out for effect on performance. The wide range in properties of coal results from coalโ€™s diverse origins and this needs proper attention.

Like we upgrade coal to a higher burning one, so we need to upgrade the performance of employees. This is only possible if we donโ€™t allow the low performing coal (employees) from downgrading the performance. Only then it shall be advantageous to upgrade coal (employees) performances and then convert them to other uses of higher value-added. The better the quality of coal gets, the more it is possible to covert it to worthy products. The same logic extends to employees. We may get more insights if we consider racing sport. One lesson we may conclude that runners with similar average speed win the race because the way they distribute their efforts. There are claims that fastest business wins. This isnโ€™t always true. The rabbit may run very fast till it meets water to cross. The rabbit canโ€™t swim and the tortoise can swim to win the race. The slow beats the fast. It is like running a racing car that runs into heavy traffic.

The enhancement of employeesโ€™ performances to reach the performance potential of an organization has new realities to digest.


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Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #32

#44
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Thanks Ali for that clarification ... Blessings upon your week ;~) Fay

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
Great share of experiences Fay Vietmeier. If you find that my name doesn't highlight I guess because you write @AliAnani and not @Ali Anani. beBee is programmed so that only followed bees will have their names highlighted

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #30

#42
@AliAnani Thank you for sharing your methodology ;~) "If I try to do many things at one time I end up doing nothing" I can say "Amen & Amen" As an "army of one" ... I often find myself overwhelmed I'd like to sell my house (to which I've become a slave) and simplify Move to a cottage by the sea with a maid, a gardener, and a personal assistance to "enhance my performance" Be blessed ;~) Do you know the answer to this: When I'm responding to comments @name If the name auto-fills then ... this bee is following?

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Fay Vietmeier Hi Fay- I have a file called Ideas for Buzzes. Honestly, I have a stream of them. What I do I select an idea and work on it till I publish it. If I try to do many things at one time I end up doing nothing. When I have a material to fit one if my registered ideas I add it for a later date. Sometimes I find I added too many possible topics to one idea than I need to. That is fine with me because I select the points that are most relevant to what I intend to write. As Jerry Fletcher says "and so it goes".

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #28

#40
@AliAnani Ali~ Your struck a cord: "self-organize" If given my druthers, I'd write all day ... I have an endless list of ideas and topics which include a couple on beBee and "Wisdom is not stupid" ... my style is to think and write ... prayerfully edit ... think and write ... and so it goes till its done;~) Plus I write poetry ... I'm going to try and share some of my poetry in beBee posts The challenge is time management ... to do the other things that require attention and action Thank you for being a "Barnabas" ... one who encourages

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
I am sure by now dear Fay Vietmeier you have many more ideas to write about. You experience the need for inspiration so that those ideas may self-organize. My best wishes to you.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #26

#38
@AliAnani Ali~ as always ... "iron sharpens iron" I have SO many thoughts buzzing around in my mind ;~) I have been writing about attitudes in the workplace and will be sharing them in future days. ("Be a human-sunflower" was one) So MUCH to write ... so little time ;~) I will look at your RACE presentation...

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
This inequality of rewards among "enhancers" and top management dear Fay Vietmeier reminds me of Pareto Rule in which 80% of employees get 20% of rewards. This is the top management- even they act as "dampening agents: to the enhancers, get 80% of rewards. This is a built-in character in humans in all scopes of life. But having you worked for so long as a member of the staffing industry makes me wonder why don't you write on this topic. Your experience is well-reflected in your comment such as: "Employment is just a role ... but "performance" is more: When you hire a person you hire the whole person this โ€œtreasure in a jar of clayโ€ (body-soul-spirit) And Everything that is in that โ€œjar of clayโ€ (or โ€œcoalโ€ ) travels to work with them every day To get more ... requires more understanding". My presentation on RACE (the link is provided in the buzz) highlights communication as rightly you do in your comment, Great comment my friend yours is.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #24

@AliAnani Ali~ I worked in the staffing industry for 18 years โ€ฆ both as a Branch & Regional Manager โ€ฆ so this resonated. โ€œEnhancing the performersโ€ is only as good as the "clay" thatโ€™s performing (or as you metaphorically say: โ€œcoalโ€ & R.A.C.E. process) Employment is just a role ... but "performance" is more: When you hire a person you hire the whole person this โ€œtreasure in a jar of clayโ€ (body-soul-spirit) And Everything that is in that โ€œjar of clayโ€ (or โ€œcoalโ€ ) travels to work with them every day To get more ... requires more understanding In my human-opinion, the key to performance ... lines up with my style of communicating ;~) Enhanced performance /employee optimization comes when the person performing is whole-heartedly working (much could be said about heart-attitude in the workplace Being fully engaged/fully invested in your work (itโ€™s not always about the money) My advice: Find opportunity with an organization or company that values their employees A โ€œburning environmentโ€ is much more likely to come from the employer than the employees That employers consider employees โ€œhuman capitalโ€ does reveal their heart on this matter Employees are considered valuable if adding to the employers bottom line. The more โ€œenhancedโ€ they are in performance โ€ฆ the more valuable they are ;~) The reward pendulum does not swing equally in the world of work. I often consider the HUGE (often unjustified) compensation that goes to those at the top of some organizational structures Even when organizations are hugely profitable โ€ฆ those โ€œenhanced performersโ€ are not rewarded in like measure โ€ฆ

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Your triad: HUMAN VALUE - HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - HUMAN BALANCE is an invitation for us to consider dear Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
Thank you my friend Chris \ud83d\udc1d Guest. I finished a week long lecturing today, and so my actual weekend starts today as well. Have a great weekend and I hope your kids are doing great in their academic studies.

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #21

#28
I agree. Though I would see Ali as being more polished than rough round the edges. Therefore in my parlance a true diamond geezer. 

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
To tell you that I am a little bit "drunk" by your appreciation dear Chris \ud83d\udc1d Guest is simply stating my current situation now. Thank you so much my friend. What keeps my legs stable is my realization that people of your quality keep my momentum.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
#24 Thank you dear Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado- I just wonder why don't collect your comments and publish them in a buzz. I am sure the Spanish-speaking community shall appreciate your article.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I thank you Kevin Baker for sharing the buzz. Greatly appreciated

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Beautiful suggestions and thank you John Rylance for engaging my mind

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #16

#15
You might like to mull over these two phrases.  First a rough diamond someone of value who needs the edges knocked off him to make more acceptable. Second a Cockney phrase a diamond gezzer. Someone someone you like and can be relied on.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Thank you dear friend Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris for your feedback and I am happy that you found some value in the buzz.

Zacharias ๐Ÿ Voulgaris

That's a really powerful lesson, both for management and for personal growth! Thank you Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for this insightful post!

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
your ship metaphor is a good one dear Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado. I wish I could translate your comment. I figured what you are talking about from the translation. I thank you for sharing your insights and for sharing the buzz.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Not only you have excited my imagination, but also ignited it with your comment my good friend, David. Yes, diamonds area good example of people who become diamond and find it difficult to cope with others who much less so. Maybe their mission in life should be to help others convert to gold.

David Navarro Lรณpez

David Navarro Lรณpez

1 year ago #11

I remember very well both posts at Slideshare, and you are right, they are as actual as then. Burning coal, a good one, can improve its results by getting the right amount of "air", that is, the right amount of encouraging from leaders. Following the coal example, a diamond is a piece of coal which has endured a lot of pressure. But it doesnยดt burn. Employees who get too much pressure can become a diamond, precious and high value, but maybe due to it they are no longer able to work with a "coal team" Hope I have excited your imagination, my dear friend

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Thank you for your extended elaboration dear Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Thank You dear @Oswaldo for your comment and the mention of ethics that keep a healthy working culture and environment. I like also your highlighting the Human Teams. I like the idea and it is worthy of consideration.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
In my recent buzz Can You Guess the Missing P? I meant customers' passion. And so, I go the full swing with your comment dear Jerry. I highlight Pascal Derrien anme for you mentioned him in your comment. I agree with you john. Maybe a buzz on Passion Conversion is due.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Great example of employee conversion to a higher value. I love it because the example serves the message I wished to convey to the reader dear John Rylance

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

1 year ago #6

Dr. Ali, Your post is congruent with a project I'm working ow with a client. Your approach is a reasonable analogy for the basic employer employee arrangement. It does not however take into account the emotional characteristics of employees, particularly in a group. In simple terms, the power of emotional engagement can impact the profits of an organization and contrary to Pascal's observation can be maintained over time using the appropriate processes. It's amazing to see what can happen when you have an experienced C-suite executive educated in psychology tapping into the power of group passion. And so it goes.

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #5

Great piece. Coal is often called black gold. According to this quote by ANON, a diamond is apiece of coal that has coped well under pressure. Isn't  that an attribute Employers want from themselves and their Employees? 

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Your potential to make great and relevant comments release my potential energy. Your comments make me remember spontaneous reactions and what makes them so. This is a new topic for a buzz. When people release energy and organize (like self-organizing systems) so that the net balance is decrease in the systems oR reaction free energy. Spontaneous Reactions A spontaneous reaction is a reaction that favors the formation of products at the conditions under which the reaction is occurring. A roaring bonfire (see figure below) is an example of a spontaneous reaction. A fire is exothermic, which means a decrease in the energy of the system as energy is released to the surroundings as heat. The products of a fire are composed mostly of gases such as carbon dioxide and water vapor, so the entropy of the system increases during most combustion reactions. This combination of a decrease in energy and an increase in entropy means that combustion reactions occur spontaneously. https://chem.libretexts.org/Courses/University_of_Kentucky/UK%3A_CHE_103_-_Chemistry_for_Allied_Health_(Soult)/Chapters/Chapter_11%3A_Properties_of_Reactions/11.5%3A_Spontaneous_Reactions_and_Free_Energy

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

1 year ago #3

Coal has BTUโ€™S locked inside a solid state. It has potential energy. Humans have potential energy locked inside A good leader can unlock this potential energy into success. As Pascal Derrien stated those who spontaneously combust their potential tend to be more like fireworks. The show ends and we wait for the next spontaneous event.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Great my friend Pascal as I am currently reading your buzz. This buzz makes me wonder in what state your mind is (liquid or solid state). I shall comment later when I have read your buzz in depth. As for your comment here- you put my mind in a furnace and I feel it is burning now without releasing toxic gases.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #1

Constant high performers concern me, it is not a sustainable or appealing performance model. Everybody has good or bad years. As opposed to coal employees rebound , evolve in a non static environment :-)

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