From female foam-nest tree frog…a HR insight

 

If your selection process is robust, true, the best, impartial and non subjective, only then the best product/outcome/result can be produced/achieved. Failing which, only competition and heartburn becomes the end product.

Of course, such an effort also would also end the problem of sycophancy and unnecessary rat race in corporate world.   It is not the competition, but the outcome is important. To pick the best outcome, the people in the helm of affairs must be free, fair, impartial and sincere in their choice.

Nature has a best example for the corporate world to learn in this regard.

The interesting facet comes from the reproductive behaviour of female grey foam-nest tree frog. The female frog is known to mate simultaneously with 12 or more males than a single one. The above phenomenon is called ‘harmonious orgy or simultaneous polyandry’. Usually the female frog will release eggs in tree branch. Followed by that, the male frogs cluster around the eggs, release sperm and fertilize the eggs.

All that the female would do is to hydrate the nest. It has been scientifically proven that the offspring born out of multiple partners had shown grater survival rate than from single partner. The female frog instead of allowing the male frogs to fight and then she select the fittest to mate based on the physically valiancy, she allows every one to fertilize her eggs. She does so because she knows the universal truth that only the best offspring would survive and not the weakest. The best offspring can be produced only by the best male and not by the weakest.

Instead of selecting one from the group as the best through a limited screening test (proof on physical might over others), the female frog leaves the final choice to natural selection i.e., survival of the fittest, the one of the famous laws of Charles Darwin.

It means, she believes in strict and wise end product selection than anything else.

Most of the corporate leaders for example engaged in how to make the packaging of their product attractive, how remarkably they portray the ‘story script’ of the product, what special ingredient they have used and how to hype it etc., than providing the best benefits from their products.

The problem is that people are not so particular about exerting rigorous selection procedures at the terminal level/end product level to choose the best. Often they get lost in branding. It is like hiring people from premier institutions believing them to be the best than the rest, by most organization.

The female grey foam-nest tree frog knows the bitter truth that only the best one can survive in nature. If this philosophy, the corporate leaders ever learn and follow, their effort would be to create and offer the best and not in creating hype or aura around.

Owners of most of the small organizations do such mistake. They become busy, aggressive, time savvy and impatient in exaggerating their products. They often ‘kick and pinch’ their people to do things fast so that no time is lost to exaggerate their products.

The fundamental question they must ask is whether their products really deliver such exaggerated promises or not and if not, will such products sustain.

Competition, aggression, restlessness, blaming people etc., will not help. Choose the best and offer the best and never engaging is showcasing anything which is weakest as the best is the message, nature has to share to corporate.

Not competition, our selection must be wise, robust and impartial to get the best.

Dr. S Ranganathan, ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai

Desire, Dream and Destination – Social Entrepreneur Forum

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