Adjuvant – You Are the Star of the Show

At Griffin Hill we believe….

You are the star of the show.

You belong front and center.

The spotlight is on you and all the world is watching—your customers, your team, your suspects and prospects

Griffin Hill’s role is that of bit player. Our job is to help you to shine, to make you look brilliant. We are the adjuvant—

Adjuvant….

Unless you are a farmer or a chemist you have probably never heard of it.

An adjuvant is an agent that enhances the native properties of a given substance.

It makes water wetter.

When we say it makes water wetter, we really mean that an adjuvant enhances the absorption properties of water.

You often hear people use the farming analogy of getting the water to the end of the row.

That isn’t the farmer’s objective at all—simply moving water from one place to another does the plant little good.

The real objective is to get the roots of the plant to absorb the water and take it up into the plant so that every cell is nourished.

Simply getting the water to the end of the row doesn’t mean the plant was properly nourished. In fact, on some terrain, it is important to slow the water down—keep it from getting to the end of the row too quickly so that it has time to soak into the soil, reach the roots and nourish the plant.

That is the lesson my grandfather taught me on an all-night water turn. I was finally old enough for the great adventure of overseeing the irrigation of the crops and fields on my grandfather’s farm. The section I was to care for was a sloping field above the house and farmyard. As he gave me instructions for my through-the-night vigil, my grandfather emphasized the importance of not letting the water move too fast. If it did the water would move across the surface of the ground, without absorbing into the soil. The result would be a flooded farmyard that would leave a muddy, mucky mess while leaving the alfalfa field un-nourished. The repeated instruction was, “don’t let the water get away from you.” I assured him with youthful, inexperienced confidence. I would protect the farmyard and water the field.

I was doing just fine until around midnight when I realized the water was moving too fast. I was at risk of losing control. The water was, in fact, getting away from me.

I began working my shovel as hard and fast as I could. I created earthen dams to stop the water from going where I did not want it to go. I worked furiously to plug holes and to slow the water flow.

It was a losing battle. While I was working as fast as I knew how, there came out of the dark the calm voice of my grandfather. “Scott, what are you doing?” My exasperated reply, “I’m trying to keep the water from getting away from me.”

“Let me see your shovel.” And with a few, seemingly effortless cuts in the soil, my grandfather channeled the water in the direction he wanted it to go.

Crisis averted. The field was watered. The plants were nurtured. The farmyard was spared.

It’s not just about getting the water to the end of the row. It’s about getting the roots to take-up the moisture so that the plant is nourished. That is what an adjuvant added to the water helps to accomplish. It helps the plant to absorb the water so that the real objective can be realized.

That is what Griffin Hill does. We enhance your native properties. We help you to do what you do best. We use performance enhancing methods, tools and technologies to elevate performance.

Griffin Hill is the adjuvant. You are the star. We are the bit players that help you to shine. With Griffin Hill on your team you will be even more brilliant!

How to Increase Productivity by Double or More

Crowdsourcing

Everything we know about crowdsourcing has its roots in concepts originated by Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911). Galton was a noted scientist, mathematician and statistician. He fundamentally shaped how we view and use statistics today. He is credited with the statistical concepts of median (the middle number in a given sequence of numbers), and standard deviation (deviations from the arithmetic mean).

In 1906, Galton attended a farmer’s fair and cattle show. His interest was piqued by a weight guessing contest. Around 800 people made guesses about the butchered and dressed weight of an ox that was available to the view of all fair-goers. After the contest was over, Galton obtained the tickets upon which each entrant recorded his or her guess. After weeding out a few cards because they were defective or ineligible, Galton had 787 guesses for his research.

Consistent with his concept of the median, Galton organized the guesses in order from highest to lowest. The middlemost number (the median) was a guess of 1208* lbs. The actual dressed weight of the ox was 1197* lbs. Galton was astonished that the middlemost guess was only .8% high compared to the actual. Even more amazing is that the mean or average of all guesses was spot on at 1197* lbs.

With his simple research project in 1906, Sir Francis Galton discovered the principle that came to be known as “the wisdom of the crowd.” The wisdom of the crowd is what crowdsourcing is all about. Getting feedback, input and ideas from large numbers of people can help us discover remarkable insight and reach the best conclusions.

*In Galton’s original published article about this event he recorded the “middlemost number” as 1207 lbs and the actual dressed weight as 1198 lbs. This number was reported by James Surowiecki in his book The Wisdom of Crowds, 2004. Using these numbers the mean was only 1 lb. off the actual dressed weight of 1197 lbs. A recent review of the archived data revealed a transcription error. The actual median guess was 1208 lbs and the actual dressed weight was 1197 lbs., exactly the same as the mean of all guesses!