Not Only Humans Care

Not Only Humans Care

Pearl S Buck wrote in her great story The Good Earth “Out of the land we came and into we must go”. It seems the same applies to plants as well. They love to be buried where they came out. Banana peels for example may be thrown away, but if we care to cut them into pieces and bury them in soils they shall reward us by enriching the crops. Chopped banana peels shall decompose in the soil and enrich it with magnesium and other nutrients, which help crops, grow healthily. Not only will that as banana peels keep pests away. They are wastes because we tend to throw them in the waste baskets. If we care enough to send them back to the land they came out they shall be of great value. The decomposition of one plant is the life for another plant.

Our neglects might be our fertilizers to grow new ideas
Ali Anani, PhD

The use of agricultural leftovers and neglects in combination might create a synergistic effect that compounds their value in increasing the yield of crops. You may take ground eggshell with banana peels and wonders shall happen. The eggshell is a good source of calcium. We have to remember that leftovers have some values in their crusts and peels.


Organizations aren’t different. Neglected employees may have their value in enriching the soils of organizations. Even truer is that a group of neglected employees may exercise synergism so that the out of the group may exceed the summation of their overlooked potential. We extend our negligence of the value of waste fruits to what we consider “waste employees”. The irony here is that the peels of fruits have the maximum nutritional value than the rest of the fruit. We peel of the fruits and throw the nutrient-rich peels instead of enjoying eating them or feeding them to the soil- their homeland.

Juan Imaz published recently a great buzz on “10 Coconut products you should try out”. I may add to this buzz the significant values of the shells and husk of coconuts in stabilizing the soil and giving it structural strength.

We need to know the strength of each type of fruit wastes to identify its value to the soil. We may “peel” employees, but we should be aware of the value these peels extend to hold the structure of the organization rather than weakening it. The 17th most unusual task in the list of 50 unexpected jobs involved peeling the pith from individual satsuma segments of mandarin. For what reason this task was given to employees I don’t know, but at least I hope to use the pith for enriching soils and not throwing them away. Are we peeling the employees this way?

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We need to remember that peeling the skin of some fruits are skin irritants, but in these peels we have the highest nutritional value. Your irritating employees might be your major source of nutritional ideas.
Ali Anani, PhD

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Your words are energy for me dear Savvy Raj. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
I am glad you breathed out your bitter experience dear Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher. It is sad, but it happens. No one can breathe intoxicated air for prolonged periods of time. No wonder eight employees resigned within a short time span.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

3 years ago #17

#19
I'm glad my short comment gave you a good start to your day Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I will never forget the last boss I had. She was toxic. She played favorites and would talk behind employees backs to other employees. She was so paranoid, she would try pit others with hopes of everyone turning to her. She actually had people spy around walls, watch the buttons on our phones to see how long we were on with clients. She would discipline certain employees if they were even a minute late coming back from lunch. She didn't allow for inter-office mingling unless you were 'on HER TEAM.' After 2.5 years I had to quit for self preservation. It's sad because this is a very small town, the economy is not doing well here and jobs are very hard to come by. Hence, I'm home and working unpaid for my husband. It's sad, because I loved the job, the social interaction and yes, the extra income. There was no resolution because her boss was her cousin. 8 of us quit within 2 years, that would have been a red flag if she didn't have the upper level protection from others.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
I go along all the way with your comment my dear David Navarro L\u00f3pez and it is great to see you active on beBee. I love this idea of yours so much "If they don't change, will die".Normally we say if you don't grow you die. Now, you say if you don't change you die. Exactly, because life is changing in all its aspects and we can' t stay fixed in a variable environment. To adapt is to change. You are almost saying "There are no bad employees. There are bad managers". Yes, I agree with you for it is the responsibility of a manager or leader to "plant" the employees in good soil where they can thrive. I believe more than ever now that there are unlimited examples that this is the case. Maradona wasn't very successful in Barcelona. It wasn't the case and he turned out to be a world-class player. I thank you my friend for your deep thoughts

David Navarro López

David Navarro López

3 years ago #15

Dear Ali, long time without having the chance to have a look at bebee, and here you are, with your usual challenging posts. Any Manager is able to take advantage of fruitful employees. My opinion is that there aren't "fruitful" or "waste" employees. All of them are the product of the company. A wise manager is able to take advantage of the so-called-waste-employees for the company's benefit, as you are pointing out with your words "Your irritating employees might be your major source of nutritional ideas." When an employee is recruited, is initially not "irritating". A wrong position or a bad leadership converts it into a waste. Both of them are out of reach of the employee. A good leader would see in advance when an employee is starting to have a "waste" trend, analyse the causes, and act consequently. In my opinion, most of the cases when a good worker tends to turn irritating is a hint for the leader that something is not working properly. Maybe this employee needs to "decompose" in a proper"soil" to give birth to a much better purpose/target. And, if this opportunity is not used in a proper time and circumstances, is most probable this employee will "rotten", giving birth to "alien", unwished products (like mushrooms at the feet of a fruit tree) within the companies. Life is made of changes. No changes, no growth, no life. Employees are living creatures. If they don't change, will die. A wise manager would see in advance/coach/promote changes on them to keep the company growing healthy.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Good to start the day with your lovely comment Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

3 years ago #13

I love the analogies contained within your buzz Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
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Love the comparison.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Yes, we need to magnetize organization to keep them s a whole new body dear Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #9

wonderful insight sie Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! Enjoyed read and shared sir. intriguing indeed in terms of mentioning the value of soil! everything containing the duality and one opposite two other in terms of the representation of a whole. strikingly, when we break a magnet, we get immediately the two opposite pole and it becomes essential to magnetized in order to maintain a status quo. in case of organization, we need to adopt such measure to introduce a makeshift in order to initiate a new system convenient for business to thrive. however, lovely post sir. thank you very much for sharing such wonderful insight.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Thank you dear Sara Jacobovici for your comment reflects on my purpose of writing this buzz. Apparently, entropy still controls our behaviors. We give names that are repelling (wastes) and what follows is discarding them and getting rid of them. We also give employees bad names (time-wasters, toxic, useless, unreliable) and this may cause us to see all the "disorder and disobedience" in these workers. Yes, these are natural strength s and these varies from one worker to another. But this is what makes an organizational "soil" fertile. It needs different "nutrients" and structure-strengthening of the soil. I agree fully with you that ROI shall increase by attending to the talents in each worker and putting them purposefully to serve an organization.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

3 years ago #7

Great piece Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I appreciate how you have taken the "fad" concept of composting and put it in its true light; it's not just an environmentally sound thing to do but it is a vital thing to be aware of, how nature is meant to do this and was doing it before we came along. And of course how you then bridge it across into the work place and the dynamics between management and employees is invaluable. Too many times we are short sighted or narrow minded (this connects to your last buzz about sensing the differences) when it comes to the qualities of the people who make up our support system. Seeing their natural qualities and understanding how to incorporate their potential to enrich the work environment, can turn into one of the most successful ROI efforts management may have.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
This is a great point dear Harvey Lloyd. The fruit basket may have different tastes and flavors and so are employees. Customers are the same and only a basket of different fruits will appeal to the basket of differing needs, wants and personalities of customers. Great idea and it surely resonates with me. The statistics are convincing. No employee fits all customers. What a healthy way to consider having employees with different personalities!

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #5

You hit an interesting point. Employees have personalities, very similar personalities to our customers. "Perfect Fruit" within the employee pool may spell disaster. Employees should reflect your customers many personalities. My personality represents between 5-10% of the population most personalities have different make ups than my own. Athough the other types may prove challenging in the workforce, their ideas are similar to our customers. We need to listen.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I wonder what Phil Friedman on my previous buzz "Sensing Differences" by writing "Just as cognition and understanding do not exist at the same level of reality as the information of one's sense and perception".

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Great elaboration dear Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich. I find this issue recurring in all places and at all times. The easy solution is to discard employees and peel them off what they can do. Not all peels are the same and not directed for the same use. So are employees, they may fit in area that we don't assign them to do and judge them by what we order them to do. I had an employee who seemed to be useless. Gauging his strength he excelled in making caricatures of exceptional values. He became famous and thrived. Yes, it is our actions that create societal ills.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Your comment and link to your wonderful buzz ate of immense value to this buzz. Yes, we care fore for cosmetics and leave out the much needed parts of what we eat. Stocking in pyramids ironically merits our attention and not the value of what we stock. Your broccoli example is great and I am so glad that you shall consider making use of what we peel and throw away as waste when it could be a source of a great nutritional value.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Juan Imaz- you are quoted in this buzz

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