Who should exist for your existence, learn from natureBy S. Ranganathan, Dr.
6/9/2012 6:53:59 PM -
When passion and commitment for success becomes the guiding principle of life, limitations and adversities becomes null and void. This is not just a proverb, but a great management message every corporate must learn from the flowering plants.
The evolution of flowering plants from non flowering plants (?) itself is only to facilitate segregation and mixing of the genetic materials during pollination and seed formation. Thereby, an improved variety of plants can be produced. This is all about evolution of flowering plants.
Procreation through pollination is more advantageous to all flowering plants than by other means like vegetative reproduction.
But unfortunately, many flowering plants do suffer from problems like parthenocarpy and stenospermocarpy. The parthenocarpy is nothing but the formation of fruits without fertilization. On the other hand, the stenospermocarpy is a state where fruits are formed without seeds.
According to botany, many reasons can be cited for the above situation in flowering plants. The parthenocarpy and stenospermocarpy, both can eliminate the plant population in no time from the biome. But nature has never allowed such event to occur. Nature gave an alternative method of vegetative propagation to some of the plants that are frequently affected by the above problem.
Most of the flowering plants produce large number of flowers for the purpose of propagation. In the sense they are 'super performers' as far as their propagation instinct is concerned. But remember, the super performers do suffer the worst in nature.
Instead of worrying or blaming the fate or destiny, the plants do switch to other mode of reproduction.
Another important insight one must grab from the plants affected either by parthenocarpy or stenospermocarpy is that they do produce fruits. Although such fruits (fruits without fertilized seeds or fruits without seeds) will not meet or fulfill the ultimate purpose of the plants, it does meet the very existence of the pollinators by fulfilling their food needs. Although the plants failed in their purpose due to some reason, they do not want to fail the existence of the pollinators.
If the life and existence of the pollinators are in jeopardy, plants may suffer further tragedy in the next breeding season and thereby the saga of disaster would continue. Nature has taught the plants not to allow the problem of parthenocarpy or stenospermocarpy to extend beyond.
The problem has to be limited, diluted, confined and fixed and should not be allowed to spread its kingdom of dismay. A great management message one need to thread from the above event in nature.
One of the reasons for the problem of parthenocarpy and stenospermocarpy is pollination failure. Pollination failure is mainly due to the lack of effective pollinators. In order to be successful in pollination event at least during the next breeding season, the plants has to keep the pollinators in good humor. That is why we have fruits without fertilized seeds or without seeds in nature.
A problem should never be allowed to multiply into another problem and a problem should breed only a solution. On the basis of this cardinal management essence only the entire creation has been made.
Corporate must learn that nature has lot of offer to their 'organic' growth if not the 'commercial' growth. It is up to the sensitive HR to revolutionize the culture.
Ref: Management Book - Jungle wisdom for corporate management - lessons from university of nature by Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S Ranganathan