ANTIGENcy

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Inoculating companies against inaction, irrelevance, inflexibility and instability.

Corporate Antigens :: Application Along Nine Dimensions

ANTIGENcy is an unconventional framework to be applied to the conventions of business management. It allows people to anticipate and isolate weakness in their organizations by viewing them through the lens of immunology and epidemiology.

If immunology is about understanding and manipulating an immune system against unwanted strains, ANTIGENcy is about anticipating and understanding an organization’s weaknesses along several dimensions and doing something about it. Those dimensions, so far, are;
1. Strategic
2. Leadership
3. Culture (human capital)
4. External (marketing, advertising, etc.)
5. Technology
6. Operations (process & methods)
7. Sales (revenue & profit)
8. Environment (physical space & location)
9. Knowledge & learning

The ANTIGENcy strawman concept was created by mashing-up management consulting and vaccine science. This mash-up allows companies to gain prescience along these dimensions by proactively running through scenarios to address found weaknesses in each. Think “spectrum analysis.” These weaknesses can be found by creating antigens for which an organization can consequentially react/adapt to by developing antibodies.

Different than conventional and reactive challenge-solution approaches to management consulting, the ANTIGENcy model is recombinant and evolving. The more the approach is used, the more value it brings to the particpants by virtue of its growing database of management antigens and subsequent antibodies. The universe of antigens and antibodies are meant to grow and benefit their hosts progressively.

The ANTIGENcy model brings a the entire database of antigens to bear providing organizations a potential innoculation against unknown strains. While conventional management consulting is normally the pedestian application of known solution(s) to relatively known problem(s), ANTIGENcy is the broad and deliberate exposure to a spectrum of “challenges” with the goal of strengthening weaknesses that are both known and unknown.

The nascent goal of ANTIGENcy is to be run through open source means by a growing number of practitioners.

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One Powerful Antigen :: Staff Departures

People leave their employers for many reasons. At any given time, up to 20% of the average company’s staff is preparing to leave. This could mean they are adjusting their resumes, searching online for other jobs, updating Linked In and sifting through Monster or Careerbuilder RSS feeds while you are paying them for their allegiance.

So if you have 1000 employees, 150 of them per year will quit for one reason or another. This is typically an ongoing cycle that most companies willingly accept for lack of understanding.

Now for the harsh reality. Multiply 150 annual staff departures by $13,500 which is the average cost to interview, hire, train and integrate an employee who makes $50,000/year.

That’s $2,0250,000 per year in HR costs because 150 people aren’t engaged, challenges or satisfied as they need to be.

Lack of employee engagement is one of the antigens in our database. This antigen costs the average 1000 person company over $2 million/year.

While we are building the antigen (lack of employee engagement) we are also building the antibody (deeper engaged employee loyalty) to counter effects of this killer.

If I were in charge of human capital or served in any HR function, this would demand some of my focus.

This is an example of what ANTIGENcy is hired to do.

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