The Forgotten Chemistry of Management

The Forgotten Chemistry of Management

What do I mean by the title? Don't worry as I shall be giving few examples below for your consideration. My exchange of comments on sugar solutions with the brainy CityVP Manjit resulted in a detour leading to the writing of this buzz. I know Manjit is writing few buzzes on sugar solutions and this one is a diversion of our discussions.

The first example is dissolving sugar in water. Try dissolving powdered sugar, granular sugar and sugar cubes. No matter what you can only add the same amount of sugar to a determined amount of water. Yes, powdered sugar dissolves faster than sugar cubes because it has more surface areas to contact with water, but the final amount that you can dissolve is the same.

The managerial lesson from this experiment is that no matter how much effort we may do, we have to be cautious that we may only reduce the time required to reach our objectives, but not change the end result. Changing shapes of the same effort may reduce time, but shall not affect the final result.

There is another lesson from above experiment. If we try to dissolve more sugar at the same temperature it shall be fruitless. We may dissolve more sugar by increasing the water temperature. Same with employees, we need to motivate them and increase their eagerness to the work they are doing to "dissolve" more work assignments. It is the same with your customers. If they are saturated they shall not buy any more from a business. However; by finding a way to increase the warmth of our offers or the warmth by which we treat customers then they might do more business with us. Simple facts, but unfortunately they are often than not forgotten.

I would say that motivation employees and customers are like increasing their "solubility in the waters of our offers.
Ali Anani, PhD

We may dissolve gases in sugar solutions by applying pressure, but never with solids. If you have employees with high volatility and are inflammable like gases then you may apply pressure to "dissolve" them. The question is do you want more of them? Solid quality employees don't dissolve more in the sugary waters of your business. To the opposite you may lose them. Solid employees need motivation and not pressure to dissolve more.

Employees are not all the same. Some employees dissolve readily in the organization. Others don't and precipitate. Still other employees get together and form colloids that scatter light. I wish to introduce a new definition of shadow teams and groups. They are in fact the colloids of any organization and they scatter the light of information from others to keep their "shadow Power". Beware of colloidal groups. Have a great purpose that makes colloid groups less effective.

Some managers want to "freeze" few employees or add them to teams. Well, the team might be functioning well. Adding a salt to its waters shall lower its freezing point. This is called freezing point depression. When we add salt to water the water molecules freeze they get organized. However; because the salt is there the water molecules are more difficult to meet and freeze. We increased disorder by adding salt to a sugary solution.

One of my best acclaimed researches based itself on avoiding above pitfall. People used to grind waste tires and grind the rubbery part. They added this ground rubber to the asphalt and aggregate to improve the performance of roads and increase their resilience. The cost of mixing three ingredients instead of two and other reasons proved the efforts were hopeless. Unfortunately, many researchers keep their "stirring" in the same direction. My approach was different. I used the ground rubber of tires first to cover the aggregate using a simple chemical approach. The rubberized aggregate became organic and was very easy to mix with asphalt being organic too. Now, mixing asphalt and the rubberized aggregate proved easy, economic and compatible.

It amazes me how often we forget simple facts in managing our works. It is time to wake up.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#67
Thank you Jennifer Leach-Trask. I am refreshed by your comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#65
Very relevant analogymy friend Edward Lewellen. Yessportsmen know th 93rd ir lessons any keep practicing the basics. Teams who negle t training on basics fail. So with manament. You are spot on

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#63
Thank you dear siraj shaik on this buzz prompted me to write my new buzz, referred to in your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#60
Creating understanding and relaxing atmospheres at work need not be difficult or expensive to achieve. You show the way using simple activities that produce understanding at almost cost-free activities Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange. Thank you so much for your contribution.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#56
Dear Tausif Mundrawala #56 and #57 as they are addressed to your kind attention.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#55
Thank you dear siraj shaik for your comment. Yes, your point is valid and it has the "voice of wisdom and reasoning". I wonder where would you classify sugar substitutes> I mean sweeteners that produce sugary solutions in very small amounts. AN overdose of anything fires back and too much sugar is surely harmful.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#53
Thank you so much dear Donald Grandy to enjoy your comment because she is bound to be interested in it as much as I am. I don't want to say to many sweet words to avoid the need for insulin, but this comment shall stay with me for long times .

Donald 🐝 Grandy PN

Donald 🐝 Grandy PN

4 years ago #40

As always Ali Anani your posts are very creative and wonderfully written. I would like to add to your sugar analogy the management tool Insulin. As we are aware, an increase in sugar signals triggers your pancreas to produce the amount of insulin you need to manage the level of sugar in your blood. Perhaps we could introduce Insulin as the Team Leader "voice of reason" so when sugar levels become critical, Insulin comes to the rescue. As sugar levels occasionally spike quickly due to poor eating habits (toxic team members) or a poorly functioning pancreas (toxic team leader) there are checks and balances to keep the hive balanced. Thanks for sharing your post.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#50
Thank you dear Tausif Mundrawala and I appreciate your comment greatly. s I responded to an earlier comment, which applies to yours as well, I shall be exploring more in my next buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#49
You agree with me that the quality of nectar matters dear siraj shaik

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
You are spot on and perfectly right dear . I shall elaborate more in my next buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
That is why great minds such as yours dear Donna-Luisa Eversley not only don't freeze, but also keep the minds of other people active . Even if some minds freeze great minds may thaw them.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
Strategy is knowing where to go (leadership), while strategic planning is about how to get where you want to go (management). So, we need both mentalities. I love your comment dear Gert Scholtz and I decided to write my next buzz on this issue.

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #34

Ali Anani Dear Ali. I read with interest your post and the comments below. Some thoughts on leadership and management: Leadership is determining where to go. Management is implementing steps to get there. Leadership shows new direction and inspires action in that direction. Management formats a plan into practical steps and functions. Perhaps here is a paradox and overlap- can leadership be effective without being able to think in practical terms, and can management be effective without the ability to inspire? Both form important functions in any organisation and are not totally distinct.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Brilliant response dear Sara Jacobovici. I hold the same view. Here is an opportunity to expand the concept of spacetime to include other areas such as Manlead (Manager-leader).

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #32

Thank you Ali Anani for the opportunity to participate in this dynamic discussion. My bias is integration. A manager is a leader. I see leader as a role distinct from leadership as a trait. Separation happens as a need for clarity. Identifying roles occurs as a means of having a functioning unit called a team. Each member of the team needs to have a clear understanding of their role and the role of the other members. As a trait, leadership can't be separated from any individual role. We can't be a whole manager (or whatever role you fill in the blank) without the trait of leadership. This can lead to a whole other discussion on roles versus traits; the title of leader does not a leader make. Anyway, sorry for the digression.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
I want to address a question here to dears both Sara Jacobovici. Like space and time being inseparable, do we expect playing the two roles of leader and manager as such? Both need to be aa unity? Or, do we need to oscillate between the two because they are two separate roles?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
Thank you dear Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich. You too ignited my mind.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
ou added a great video and explanation dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Your comment dear Sara Jacobovici simply fits "under the bridge". Yes, what looks like a difficult problem may have a very simple solution. This is sheer creativity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Dear Sara Jacobovici- only a sharp and beautiful mind like yours can put this wisdom " you are proof to my paradox that the more one learns about the complexity of nature, the simpler things get". Complexity generates from simple rules and you just expressed this fact wonderfully. Great thoughts are yours as always.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #26

#32
Watched the video. Boggles the mind!

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #25

#31
When we see children as intelligent people it is phenomenal how their unfiltered world see's things that should be obvious to us. Things that should be obvious to an adult are seemingly harder to teach because even a less perceptive kid will know what is absolutely wrong in these following video's of dump truck drivers being forgetful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK8Py60E_f4

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #24

Part 2/2 I can not contribute to the depth of your discussion Ali Anani, so I veer in another direction. Excerpt from https://sites.psu.edu/psych256fa13/2013/11/26/can-we-just-let-the-air-out-of-the-tires/. "I remember reading a story about a truck driver that was driving cross country and stopped along his route because the tractor trailer got stuck underneath of a low bridge. The height clearance for the bridge was something like the 14β€² 0” and the truck was 14β€² 6.” The traffic behind the truck got very backed up because the truck could not move. Eventually, the police arrived and looked for situations to β€˜unstick’ the stuck truck. For a while they worked on a solution to no avail, finally a child in one of the cars from the traffic back-up asked β€œWhy don’t they just let the air out of the tires?” While this seemed like such a silly question from a child, it also presented a creative solution to the problem. Letting the air out of the tires would reduce the truck height enough to fit under the bridge."

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #23

Part 1/2 Ali Anani and am truly impressed with the dimensions you gentlemen add to the concepts being discussed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
I find myself next to you

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #21

So long as I am able to point my life compass to living water, I think I will leave that raft floating on the Dead Sea :-)

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #20

#26
So long as I am able to point my life compass to living water, I think I will leave that raft back floating on the Dead Sea :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
I added one significant man in the name of CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. The proof is here- a great comment, great understanding and great links. Please make your raft so that you don't get socially drown.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #18

#23
Interesting point about the Dead Sea. It is amazing the information online just about this kind of subject even for young kids !!! http://www.kidzworld.com/article/813-drowning-freshwater-vs-saltwater The stat that 90% are more likely to die in freshwater than saltwater is a nice metaphor in itself. It just underlines that when I engage my learning journey online rather than a branded journey, I am more likely to socially drown 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 And yes I am not using Smiley's here but a representation of my "Magnificent Seven" - and yes seven is seven 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Jeet Sarkar- you bring a brilliant point. Some people may make rewarding associations, but individually they may be very hazardous. Like your example of sugar.People unite firmly to produce a sugary entity, but individually they could be something else. You really provoke my mind. I am trying to find examples to support this idea.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit- I understood it Learn to be people as only by learning we become real people. The salty water of our world is getting saltier. You remind me of the DEad Sea as people don't drown in salty water. However; they may easily drink it and get killed.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #15

#20
The phrase I used "learn to be people" should really be "Learn AND be People" It is the being that is important, there is becoming in the learning but what is the point of becoming anything, if be not. David Foster Wallace [brilliant but died young] Bruce Lee [brilliant but died young] In Wallace's case his inner intelligence was always fighting the outer reality and he sank into deeper and deeper depression, eventually so deeply awful that he chose to end his own life. Bruce Lee was the supreme example of fitness and he was a great student of life philosophy as well and yet some freak situation happened and they found him dead in his apartment, the cause of which has baffled people since. When organizations and markets are an organic representation of fresh water people that is not as impossible as it sounds, the problem today is we are applying scientific method to essentially irrational entities. Irrationality and not scientific method is the chief order of the day and it manifests itself even in the scientific community. Salty Water of Scientific Organizations http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexepstein/2015/01/06/97-of-climate-scientists-agree-is-100-wrong/#52389a977187 At an individual level we can utilize metaphors found in actual science of sugar and water but as the group grows, it is the metaphor that starts dissolving. Now compound that to the big hair arse of organizational reality - people get salty and salty people have created salty organizations. There is an utter pointlessness in having an opinion if such opinion substitutes thinking, and the mere fact that fake news and alternative facts helped win a US Presidential Election is the reality of our branded existence.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
AS you wrote "So our life is challenged rather than sweet and forever salty rather than fresh - because we are all a part of this watery prison. Why else do fresh water human beings get convinced that they must tolerate salt-water organizations by being more sugary"? This i all happened because we don't "Learn to be people". Yes, we have to remember this dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d ManjitπŸ˜’πŸ˜’

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #13

Now I am not quite finished 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 😊 We have adopted the mindset of accepting challenges and we are challenged by the systems we have helped to create. So our life is challenged rather than sweet and forever salty rather than fresh - because we are all a part of this watery prison. How ironic then that the two men I have featured before both died young David Foster Wallace in writing about This is Water - had to live with a body chemistry that awash in challenges Bruce Lee in Be Like Water - recited this speech though it was from a script from one of his movies - great brand - early death. This is Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CrOL-ydFMI Be Like Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJMwBwFj5nQ The challenges in life is the unavoidable reality of being attached to salty waters that seek sugary personal brands The flow of life - now that is me, until any of you challenges me by citing that no one should have this freedom. Why else do fresh water human beings get convinced that they must tolerate salt-water organizations by being more sugary? I accept the flow of life because that means I am alive to my fresh water - I reject the challenge of life because that means I am either being dissolved as someone's employee or saturated as someone's customer. First let us all learn to be PEOPLE.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Thank you dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit for your detailed comment which shows the rippling effects of not treating people as water.This is an added dimension to the buzz and is a hugely important one. No matter what, the concepts of doing more for nothing still applies. In fact I was adding another example, but decided to give in another buzz to relate it to your spectrum. SOon, I shall be completing this work. Yes, we created salt water organizations and people. When we turn employees salty, we also turn the place salty. Salty people make organizations salty as well.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #11

I agree that people can dissolve in organizations and saturate in the marketplace but when the organization and marketplace is the water that is not good. People are largely water. https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html Now if we know that people are water, it is we who dissolve them into a term called employees or saturate them into a term called customers. What we don't do often is make the connection that people who are the employees of one entity are the customers of all other entities and if this relationship is dissolved we are literally dissolving our employees into organizational water and we are making stupendous efforts that saturate and drown customers - what the organization takes out of its people's pockets it takes out of all other organizations. Now that organizations have been legislated in the US to have the same rights as people we have further removed ourselves from the idea that people are water. What are organizations and markets? They are people. Society wants sugary water and it has created salt water organizations. So we sugar our salt water organizations by using marketing to give it a sweeter look - but organizations are not sweet and we know this because of the things that people are writing here - and more to the point because of the things that I am THINKING here. What I am thinking here is unrealistic in terms of organizations. It is unrealistic because I come from the world of fresh water who sees human beings as water. Of course I want to see fresh water organizations made of living people and fresh water markets made of even more living people . The forgotten chemistry of life is forgotten - not just management, and so our sweet has steadily gone sour Going Sour - Sweet Words in Slang http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/07/going-sour-sweet-words-slang/ People are water and organizations and markets are made of that water. Let us stop dissolving and saturating people.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Yes, no sugar because you have already stirred my heart with your sugar-like comment dear . I hope the editor likes it too.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
My friend - I am very glad that I saved you time and hopefully made your chapter read better. I am so happy for you first and then for me. However; you owe me a cup of coffee with no sugar.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Dear debasish majumder- I plan to visit india. shall explain for you few things to firm up your science. However; I understand your thirst for knowing more. Your comment says it. I do appreciate your comment and sharing of this buzz. You don't need stirring my friend for you have already dissolved in my heart.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I changed the background image to reflect more on the content of the buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
No worry dear namita sinha. I understood what you meant. I do same tpos very frequently to the extent that I am a firm believer in one is blind to his/her mistakes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
You are consistent with I I responded to your first comment dear namita sinha would say. I also thank you for sharing the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
You always fill my heart with joy whenever you comment my dear friend namita sinha. It is not the compliments as much as it is the added wisdom and expansion you make to the buzzes whenever you comment. This time your reminder is powerful.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit- I mentioned you in the buzz and I have a challenge for you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Manager or a Damager? Sweet words dear Pascal Derrien and I am dissolving in them.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #1

I am coaching and have coached young managers, my first question to them is : do you like people? depedning on their answer I know if they will become a manager or...a damager

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