My carrot  

ByteChaser2 52M
2834 posts
9/13/2005 3:50 pm

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My carrot

Oh for pity sake! Get your minds out of the gutter people! lol

It's not a (not so) cleverly disguised code word for my dick... Nor are we to delve into the (I'm sure) quite fascinating world of salad sex... Sorry.

No, actually I'm working on this professional development presentation I'm supposed to give on building professional relationships and I figured 1) I would resist the urge to deliver yet another "Death by PowerPoint" torture session but instead would try something different for a change and 2) wanted some honest feedback from my REAL posse.

I mean, with all the candor and honesty around here, who in the world would be better at giving feedback and constructive criticism? (Wondering if I'm sticking my "carrot" in the Binford Model 3650 Power Shredder here)

So... on with the show.

We have a farm. A carrot farm to be exact. Now this farm has a head farmer and he's in charge of the day to day operations; ensuring the machinery is serviced and running properly, seeing that the various stocks, supplies and equipment are procured, and leading his people in the business of growing carrots.

On this farm, there are teams. Each of these teams are responsible for the various tasks that need to be done throughout the growing season. A team to turn the earth, another to plant the crop, more to cultivate and weed and still more to harvest the carrots and yet still more to bring the harvest to market.

Beyond the farm, there's the consumer. They have one requirement and one responsibility; They require ripe, tasty, low cost carrots and are responsible for buying them at their market. Simple.

The one commonality between the farm and the consumer? Yup... the carrot.

So lets talk about that sweet tasting, oblong root. A carrot, in order to grow and mature into a saleable grocery item, requires some very important things.

Soft, loose soil. Think about it... it's a root. Roots that take hold in hard soil are dinky, shriveled things. Those that take in soft, loose soil grow large and strong.

Nutrition. Food... plant food yes, but sustenance none the less. And water from time to time.

Sunlight and warmth round out this simple set of carrot needs.

So how does this all apply to building relationships? Ok...

The carrot is the product we sell. It represents our software and hardware solutions... The farm workers are us. Teams to provide technical support (Cultivators and weeders), teams to deliver the product (the operations folks), teams to troubleshoot problems and create fixes (our technical account managers)... Teams on teams within teams.

And the soil is the relationship between the farm and the consumer. When we create an open, honest relationship with our customers, it's just like turning hard, rocky soil, tilling in fertilizer and cultivating the ground so our products can have the best environment in which to grow.

Any knuckle-head can toss seeds on the ground and chances are they'll grow. But just watching plants grow does not a farm make. It takes work. It takes cultivation and nurturing. It takes hearing what the consumer doesn't like about the product and adjusting such that we eliminate those issues.

And ultimately, it takes a concerted effort to cultivate a strong, open relationship with the consumer.

ok... so that was the readers digest version of it. I think I at least touched on the salient points here... What do you think? Would something like this make you squirm for a pee-break or would something like this actually hold your attention for a half hour or so? I really want to know!!!

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
9/13/2005 6:48 pm

lol I would be squirming for a pee break but I can imagine it would hold majority of their attention for the required span


ByteChaser2 52M

9/14/2005 6:51 am

rose... I'd have you squirming... happym;

ByteChaser2 52M

9/14/2005 6:53 am

playful - but did you get the allusion or is it too vague yet?

I tried speed reading but I could never retain anything...

patsam69 51M/51F

9/14/2005 7:55 am

welllllll.......I dont think ANYONE could make carrots all that interesting(well...I am sure MANY women could....but you can't put athat in your presentation!) But you did a pretty good job!

ByteChaser2 52M

9/14/2005 8:49 am

Ya know honni... speaking of passing out carrots... I'd considered planting some in different soild to kind of visualize the effect they can have - just like with relationships. Thanks!

ByteChaser2 52M

9/14/2005 8:50 am

patsam69 - lol If not for the Mormon boss, I might actually be able to get away with some salad sex references LOL

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
9/14/2005 2:20 pm

i like carrots and see in the dark quite well,but why is it for months you can go without eating the darn things but there always there when you throw up.;mmmm,

I enjoyed it and it could work so long as you have visual aids and some practical stuff,

I'm a

i'm here to stay

ByteChaser2 52M

9/14/2005 3:37 pm

Thanks papy... I always wondered what was up with the whole kernels of corn myself...

ByteChaser2 52M

10/17/2005 4:11 pm

It went well

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