Trees Development as Metaphors for Business Development

Trees Development as Metaphors for Business Development

Trees development serve as a great metaphor for business development- only if we have a clear definition of what trees development is and what business development means. It is amazing that even what makes a tree definition is still undecided; in consequence trees development is even less defined. Business development lacks also a precise definition. Just ask few experts what business development means and prepare yourself for surprises. Paradoxically, and in spite of these hurdles I find that trees development offers a great metaphor to understanding business development.

I find this definition of business development by Scott Pollack quite satisfying "BusinessΒ development isΒ theΒ creation of long-term value for an organization from customers, markets, and relationships". It is the interactions of these factors that create opportunities of for businesses to develop. Customers are the main source of cash for any business. Identifying opportunities to reach new customers by entering into new markets is one important doorway to unchaining sustained value. Rooting, growing, and leveraging relationships that are based on trust, respect, and a mutual appreciation of each other’s value is fundamental to enabling the flow of value for the long-term. Harvard Business Reviews published a different perspective on the levels of business development, which I summarized in the figure below.

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No business can achieve business development unless it provides an environment where people want to work. Likewise; trees development aims at providing an environment where people want to live and work. Business development adds value and trees add value as well. Young trees are important as these will become the visually momentous trees of the future. The three levels of business development comprising sales levels, products level and corporation level may be likened to the three levels of a tree: the roots, stems, and leaves.

Like sales people trying to generate revenue for a business, the roots branch and spread out widely; they serve to anchor the tree and extract moisture and nutrients from the soil.

Trees develop using different strategies as dictated by their environment. Trees in tropical forests behave in a completely different fashion than trees in the other extreme of arid areas. Roots seek nutrients and partnerships, but change their shape, depth, affiliations with fungi to increase their survival in such areas. Roots search for the rare sources- water and nutrients. Development with adaptation is a must. How trees adapt to their environment should serve as guide for business development and adaptation. The key points here, I repeat, are development and adaption.

Development and adaptation should form a symbiotic relationship for a business to survive. In respect of my beBee shirt, thanks to Javier beBee and the beBee Team who presented me with it, I give an example of a Spanish bayonet plant. The Spanish bayonet is said to be "fire adapted;" that is, it grows and spread vigorously after wildfires. Young leaves (product) stand erect whereas the older leaves point downwards and the oldest leaves wither and turn brown. Is this a suitable strategy for businesses operating I arid-like environments?

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The three parts of the tree talk to each other. They may all adapt, or may adapt preferentially. Trees use a myriad of strategies to cope with the environment to allow for trees to develop. Adaptations serve development and are done for a reason.
In my next buzz I shall cover strategies of trees to develop and adapt and their applicability to our personal development, family development, and social development and even to beBee development.
I hope you stay tuned.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
Not as kind as your arrange your words into passion DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
Yes, and I fully agree with your comment Deb Lange. YOur writing "I imagine that the more we see ourselves as nature, and learn from nature herself, the better our strategies will be for how to live together in this beautiful world" is powerfully true and is in full accordance with the examples I am covering in my next buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#42
Ys, dear Praveen Raj Gullepalli and I am in full agreement with your solid and integrated comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#41
Dear sister Irene Hackett- yes, I agree with you " And as trees must adapt to the changes around them, adaptation to a changing market in the business world is critical". This is part of how trees develop and should also be part of how a business grows. Without adaptation growth shall be ill-sided. I hope my next buzz will show this more clearly.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

You are the missing flower in the picture dear DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you the two spiriting ladies DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o. Always learn from your feedback

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear Mohammed Sultan, I am highlighting his name for you. You fill me with energy and I am grateful to you dear Mohammed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I love the beBee shirt for it symbolizes integrity, knowledge, social contacts, sharing, symbiosis with other minds and all good values Juan Imaz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thanks are due to you Federico \u00c1lvarez San Mart\u00edn and the lovely beBee Team

Federico Álvarez San Martín

Thanks Ali Anani

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Thank you for your soul-promoting comment and I too love my beBee shirt. It means a lot to me. Thank you also for your sharing of this buzz.

David B. Grinberg

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #23

Thank you once again for yet another enlightening article Ali Anani. You also look good in that shirt! Be happy, indeed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
I feel the same Fatima Williams and I am at home for the last twenty days. I am not used to this, but find reading and commenting on buzzes on beBee as my main source of meditation. I again appreciate your heart-lifting comment.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #21

#25
Thank you Ali Anani I cannot wait to read your buzzes or the pending favorite ones on beBee of all my lovely bees. I'm lagging behind with time management issues( πŸ˜‰winks) and my sister has convinced me to do meditation but I dont need meditation when I have beBee ☺☺☺☺ #beBeesforever

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
I was at loss whether to write this buzz first or a buzz related to the WPD Factor to explain more what we mean (you Fatima Williams and myself), but then opted to publish this one first. I am glad I did for your comment dear Fatima brought smile into my heart. Your passion, understanding and reflections are so focussed and to the point. I do appreciate your comment. The next buzz will give exampled on how to apply this buzz, but next the delayed buzz. Keep energizing the world with your moving passion and appreciation to others dear Fatima.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #19

Woooowwww πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— You looking dashing and lovely in that beBee t-shirt that I am smiling cheek to cheek .This was the first buzz I saw this morning and I had a good day seeing your smiling face. You transfer such positive energy and it just lights a spark in my head everytime I read your buzzes.. Happiness becomes you smiling especially in a beBee Tshirt that I would love to have one day πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ Business Development cannot be explained anymore simpler than you just did and I would love to train teams using your tree metaphor. I too love this segment of your buzz "Rooting, growing, and leveraging relationships that are based on trust, respect, and a mutual appreciation of each other’s value is fundamental to enabling the flow of value for the long-term" To look at each independent part as a whole is the key to the growth of the tree and in Business Development. Each is valued individually but neither one can work without the other, communication becomes the connecting flow. Thank you Ali Anani for this very valuable buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
It is evening time here in Jordan and your comment is a bright lamp to enlighten my evening dear Deb Helfrich. I so much appreciate your comment and its integrity. I am glad you spotted the key messages of the buzz, as usual. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
and I needed your comment and its reprieve. Thank you my friend John White, MBA

John White, MBA

John White, MBA

4 years ago #16

Such a lovely reprieve from the US election news. Thanks Ali Anani, I needes this.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Sara Jacobovici- "wearing a smile"- what a creative way to make me happy. I love your beautiful spirit. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Savvy Raj- great to read your comment my friend and to read the segment that appealed most to you. This makes me happy as my next buzz will highlight this point

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #13

I am only to happy to echo the words of your readers Ali Anani. So happy to see your picture wearing a smile and your beBee T-shirt and applaud your invaluable statement: "Development and adaptation should form a symbiotic relationship for a business to survive."

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #12

#10
im glad it made sense! Thanks!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
You refreshed my morning with the frgrance of your sweet comment dear debasish majumder, Thank you for making my day joyful.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Lisa Gallagher- your writing "I find my success in the success of others, if that makes sense"? It makes all sense in this world. I shall discuss this keypoint in my forthcoming buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
There is no other way than saying big thank you dear Mamen Delgado. I am truly honored to be pictured with my beBee shirt. It symbolizes my symbiotic relationship with beBee. Keep smiling.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #8

#4
You look great in your beBee Tee Shirt!! I'm with you on that one Ali Anani, I want to keep learning, developing as a person and student in order to see beBee succeed! I think many times I find my success in the success of others, if that makes sense? beBee is rocking the US & globe!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
It is an integral part of my pride to be wearing the beBee shirt dear Javier beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
I am glad that the core message of this buzz resonates with you Javier beBee. The following buzz will provide many examples for further verification of this core message. Thank you for commenting.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #5

Development and adaptation should form a symbiotic relationship for a business to survive. How true !

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you Lisa Gallagher and beBee for sending it and I shall keep it in a good form. Yes, development (no matter how we define it) is bound to adaptation for we have no control or prediction of the business environment.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

4 years ago #3

So great to see you Ali Anani in your beBee T-shirt!!! πŸ‘ Developing and adapting ourselves to the new environment... There's no other way.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #2

Wow ! Ali Anani you made me happy ...seeing you with beBee tshirt !

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #1

Great buzz Ali Anani! First let me say, it's so nice to see a wonderful picture of you in your beBee t-Shirt!! This stood out, "Development with adaptation is a must" adaptation is vital in many aspects of life, if we can't adapt, we will become stagnant. Nice buzz my friend, Ali!

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