The HR message from Horse and rat

How to deal people with multitude of behaviour and leadership style in corporate is a big challenge. When some people share certain commonalities, always the corporate would apply the same methods to deal and dialogue with such people. But such approaches can be disastrous. Most occasions, the corporate leaders use the ‘weaknesses of their people as best target to control and contain them.   For dealing and limiting the arrogance and bizarre behaviour of some people, corporate should use their weakness but the same technique should not be used for all.

Rat and horse share one unique habit.   Both these animals cannot vomit. As a result of the above limitation, if they eat anything that cannot digest, both these animals would die of stomach blotting.

Many rat poisons are developed only based on the above limitation of the rat. Sweetened cotton balls are used to kill rats as the cotton balls once enter the stomach seldom gets digested. Hence the rats would die of stomach blotting.

On the other hand, only the above limitation of the horse (it cannot vomit) warrant utmost care for the animal. Only because of the special care required for the horse, the popular phrase – ‘horse eats money’ has come into existence.

In the first case, we use the limitation or weakness of rats to limit its over population/colonization/success. But the same weakness only helps the horse to get extra care from its master.   The question is why the weakness rat is exploited against them, whereas, for a horse, the same weakness achieves an extra care?

The management message to be understood from the above is that it is not the limitation or inability or weakness limit or gain support to people from others, but how they create value and merit for them only determines their success. Once the value preposition is displayed clearly, the organization will do the needful to overcome such weakness of its people.   As long as people fail to display their value and merit, their weakness become the main target that the corporate would exploit.

Many people in corporate often say that they are discriminated for some particular reason. Their lack of knowledge or skill is being seen as their weakness whereas such weakness of their colleagues is not seen as weakness and instead they are supported by the organization to overcome such weaknesses.

The reason for the above confusion is simple. The people, who make such complains, see only the limitations whereas the organization sees only the value of certain people not their weakness.

It is like rat and horse. Both of them do not have the ability to vomit. The above inability of rats is exploited to control rats whereas, for a horse, it gains an extra care because of the value preposition they offer.

True leaders will only see the value preposition of people and not their limitation. Therefore people should focus on how to add value than how to bridge the weakness. Allow your value to outscore your limitation, you will be successful is the message the inability of both rat and horse to vomit, conveys to the corporate.

Dr S Ranganathan    


Leadership crisis….learn the HR message from Giraffe

The senior leaders and CEO’s in every corporate should do what is defined or appropriate to their profile. Anyone who breaches the above rule/profile, will be punished is the law followed by nature.

Look at the way the giraffe is being created in nature. Giraffe has long neck to eat leaves from tall trees. Giraffe is evolved only that way and only for the above life style. Imagine, if giraffe starts grazing along side of zebra or buffalo or deer?

What will happen if giraffe defy its evolution and become an active grazer? It will certainly create stiff competition for other grazing animals. But beyond that, the purpose of evolution of giraffe with long leg and neck also would go defunct and meaningless. To avoid such possibility only, the nature has created an absolute limitation and danger to giraffe if it attempts to graze.

For a Giraffe, if wants to graze, it has to stretch its legs far apart and has to bend down badly.   Such recumbent position is dangerous as giraffe cannot quickly get back from its recumbent position when predators attack. More than its predators, giraffe knows its danger if it engages in grazing. Hence, giraffe seldom graze.   Besides the danger, the energy expenditure of giraffe while grazing will be higher than the energy gain.

The message is clear. In many organizations, the top leaders and sometime even CEO’s do engage in menial work just to prove to their managers how capable they are even in doing some menial job. Imagine, a CEO with such high salary is doing the job of a manager means, how much resource of the organization they are wasting? Sadly, the owners of many family centric organizations engage in such work style.

If an organization takes pride in such culture, it is a clear indicator of how definition-less the organization is.     Only the organization that does not have vision, objectives, growth plan and strict mechanism to measure the effort versus result, effort versus leaning and learning versus future plan, you will find the owners doing all odd jobs despite having adequate number of employees.

Such organizations functions on daily basis as they plan the activities every day based on the requirements.   They lack future and long term plans.

Such organization continues to struggle to meet the past than forecasting and working for the future.     Always they will be busy completing the backlog than anything else.

Because of the continuous commotion to meet the past than gallop to the future, every one, including the CEO’s and Directors in such family owned organizations would engage in every activity. They further claim that they are highly skilled and have versatile exposure, knowledge and experience.

Only due to such struggle, they seldom evolve to next level. Look at the beauty of giraffe, its advantages and limitations. Use your advantages not your limitation, is the message, nature conveys through its creation of giraffe.

Definitions are not to differentiate or to just understand things but to create order and distinctive contributions.

Senior leaders and CEO’s have to be definite contributions and therefore, they should engage accordingly. Unfortunately in some one man lead organizations and organizations that are run by family members, work differently due to the lack vision and role clarity. Because of the above confusion, people engage in different activities just to keep busy and ensure they contribute.


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


Learn about best reward…a HR message

The law of nature is that ‘always winner gets the best’. It means, to get the best, one has to be a winner. To be a winner, one has to develop all the winning and winnable qualities/traits.

Look at the beauty of nature. When a lion or hyena or leopard gets a hunt, they get food, the most essential component for their survival.   Food gathering occupy ¾ of the life of most animals. The reward of a hunt success for carnivore means, reward for ¾ of their life. Indeed, a best reward.

On the contrary, ¾ of the life of all prey animals in deep jungle revolves around protecting their life from predators. That is why they are always alert, watchful and scared. When a prey animal escape from the predator, it means, it is the biggest reward ever a prey animal can have. It is indeed a reward for ¾ of its life.

Definition of the reward being best or worst appear relevant only when one really work for it and it occupies ¾ of the life’s mission.

Definition of best reward is not the just expectation or desire of the best but one has to work for it. Otherwise every reward would look ‘weak, unappealing, sickening and not that positive or encouraging.  Most people even fail to see the bliss of life itself only due to the above reason.

Most of the corporate employees just put their efforts and perseverance to mere expectation of the best reward or result. But they seldom work for it. The law of nature is such that every species of life on earth when work hard for a reward, they are paid not just reward, but the best reward.

The reward punishment cycle is quite clear in nature. Therefore every species of life really work for the best reward because the best reward is linked with their life and survival.

Unfortunately most of the corporate people never link their effort with best reward to their life and hence never put best of their efforts.   Naturally the reward cannot be the best.

People need to understand the real definition of the best reward and must work for it. To achieve, they need to acquire the traits that are required to achieve the best reward.

If we place our efforts for success with such clear reference or bench mark to get the best and nothing less than the best, not only our success will be great, the consequential happiness also will be everlasting.

Look at the strong management message of nature. All most all animals are placed only in two matrix viz., success or defeat (death). If you cannot be successful, accept defeat and death is the management message followed by the prey and predators.

Although we cannot extrapolate the ‘life matrix’ of prey and predator to corporate context, but certainly we can take the right message it conveys. Expect nothing less than the best and work for nothing less the best. Automatically you will be the best and best talents you would acquire.

Dr S Ranganathan

ClinRise Derma Pvt., Ltd., Chennai

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