Aesop’s Fable: Rooster & the Pearl
A rooster was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the hens when suddenly he spied something shining amid the straw.
“Ho! Ho!” quoth he, “that’s for me,” and soon rooted it out from beneath the straw.
What did it turn out to be but a Pearl that by some chance had been lost in the yard!
“You may be a treasure,” said Master Rooster, “to men that prize you, but for me I would rather have a single barley-corn than a peck of pearls.”
Moral: Precious things are for those who can prize them.
There’s something else in this story that I think is worth calling out. What will this Master Rooster choose to do with this precious pearl??? The assumption is that he’ll toss it back amongst the farmyard’s hay and rubble.
But, what would happen if the rooster had seen the bigger picture beyond his simple need for a little sustenance and saw the longer term benefits of retaining the pearl for potential bartering for something bigger and more personally valuable? Maybe that palatial hen house he’s been eyeing all these years???
We know this much: he certainly could have known that the jewel could fetch much more than the “barley-corn” he was in search of. We could argue that, because he lacked access to basic facilitators from which to collectively contemplate what to do with this discovery, not much, if anything, was to be gained from its being found. Yes, “one man’s treasure is another man’s trash.”
Imagine if the Rooster had collaborative access to his peers across the prairies he might have been able to extract greater value out of this discovery. Workgroups could have been quickly setup to weigh options and determine how best to use this newfound resource. One might learn through this group involvement that the pearl should be invested for a later date when times are not as prosperous. Perhaps, if it turns out to be valuable to the ever-predatory fox community, it even could be used in smaller bits to slowly payoff these foxes to keep them at bay from invading the sanctity of their beloved henhouse?
Because the cross-community enabled collaboration and feedback mechanism didn’t exist for this Rooster, he was willing to quickly part with this unused resource.
Okay I’ll relax on expanding on this analogy because I think by now you get the picture.
Enabling Organizational ‘Pearls’ to Flourish Enterprise-Wide
This scenario is obviously entirely made up but there’s a great degree of truth in it, especially how collaboration and workgroup enablement can impact a business enterprise.
‘Pearls’ exist in every organization. Are we leaving it up to the workforce to find a way for these discoveries to make their way to those who need to be involved?
Let me ask you this: How often do we see product-focused workgroups, those that typically involve a matrix-style team with people from marketing, sales, product development, and product management to name a few dotted-lined into a specific product or product category with all of these workers inefficiently presenting their respective plans to each other without really collaborating with each other through each product lifecycle or initiative that support this particular product team.
We know the workforce is filled not only with great ideas that can assist the over-arching company strategy as typically dictated from the executive suite but the workforce also has important front-line information that can benefit their specific departments or cross-functional teams. Enabling this type of communication and collaboration is the key to building a ‘connected’ organization.
McDonald’s Big Mac Sandwich, 3M’s Post-It Notes, Sony’s Walkman, and Dunkin’ Donuts’ Munchkins are just some big-bang examples. All over the organization there’s cost savings and process efficiencies (streamlining order-to-cash), growth opportunities (expanding into new markets and product lines), and a risk awareness (unforeseen commodity/raw material price changes) that front-line employees, middle management, and even back-office workers have visibility into that necessitate a feedback loop so they are captured and acted upon – intra-department or cross-company.
IBM Cognos® TM1 and its planning, budgeting, and forecasting capabilities not to mention analytics power can promptly facilitate the ideas exchange process through managed contributions and enterprise-scale input and high-powered analytics with enabled comments facilitates best practices and the enterprise wide collaboration necessary to drive, monitor, and understand the business better.
IBM Cognos TM1 has:
- A multidimensional, 64-bit, in-memory OLAP engine provides exceptionally fast performance for analyzing complex and sophisticated models, large data sets and even streamed data.
- A full range of enterprise planning software requirements is supported—from high-performance, on-demand profitability analysis, financial analytics and flexible modeling to enterprise-wide contribution from all business units.
- Personal scenarios created with advanced personalization enable an unlimited number of ad-hoc alternatives so individuals, teams, divisions and whole companies can respond faster to changing conditions.
- Best practices suc
- h as driver-based planning and rolling forecasting can become part of your enterprise planning process.
- Model design and data access adapt to your business process and present business information in familiar formats.
- Managed contribution makes it possible to assemble and deploy planning solutions for your enterprise and collect input from systems and staff from all divisions and locations, quickly consistently and automatically.
- Integrated scorecarding and reporting— the complete picture from goal setting and planning, to measuring progress and reporting—is possible with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence.
- Total control over planning, budgeting and forecasting processes is provided to Finance and lines of business.
- A choice of interfaces—Microsoft® Excel®, Cognos TM1 Web and the Cognos TM1 Contributor client—allows you to work with your preferred look and feel.
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Something else to check out for enabled collaboration is IBM Cognos BI.
IBM Cognos® Collaboration has:
- built-in collaborative and social networking capabilities to fuel the exchange of ideas and knowledge that naturally occurs in decision-making processes today.
- helps groups streamline and improve decision-making by providing capabilities for forming communities, capturing annotations and opinions, and sharing insights with others around the information itself.
- establish decision networks and expand the reach and impact of information.
- provides transparency and accountability to ensure alignment and consensus.
- communicate and coordinate tasks to engage the right people at the right time.
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These solutions have proven value for the small, medium, and large enterprises today. Check them out and learn how to become an enabled-enterprise.