Did you Promise Your Employees a Rose Garden?

Is your organisation flourishing? Did you give fertilisers to your team? Did you check out if your employees are doing well? Did you provide your employees with space to grow? Did you remove weeds? Did you adapt the organisation to the new season? Have you prepared the organisation for good and bad weather?

Being a leader requires understanding of business nature. There are days with sunshine and days with rough weather and the organisation should be rigged accordingly.

Nature has Cycles – so has Business

Nature has seasons. Flowers and plants go with the flow. They naturally accept that they have cycles. They accept that they are in the right element. They accept the flow of nature.

Too often in business I meet organisations that have forgotten that they are a part of a natural flow and that there are cycles in business life too. Too often leaders take for granted that their business is going to continue to flourish without taking the shaping actions to prepare for the future.

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Gardeners would prepare for winter times already in the summer – they do not sit and wait for winter before taking actions. So should every good leader. The main task is to rig the organisation to be in its right element at any time.

A Gardener Takes Action Before Tough Weather – so Should a Leader

Rough times are natural in business. We all tend to forget what we have been through earlier. It is a leader’s role to remember and to take this into consideration in future decisions.

Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime – Martina McBride

Throughout my career, I learned the hard way that I have to dare taking quick decisions. As soon as I have seen the rain coming, I have taken action. It is dangerous to sit and wait to see if it will pass! As a leader, you have to take the decisions early enough. Too many bankruptcies are due to lack of leadership and action.

Just as a gardener, I also learned that as a leader I have to remove weeds in the organisation on a regular basis. Sometimes you even have to gently remove beautiful flowers in order to make sure that there is space to grow in the future. This is a tough process, especially in good times as most employees do not see the risk that not doing it can choke the organisation in the long run.

A Good Gardener is Passionate – so is a Good Leader

As a leader you have to be passionate about preparing the organisation for the future. Any leader should focus on making sure the organisation is in flow with the market at all times. The internal structure should naturally be adapted to the business cycles.

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them – Liberty Hyde Bailey

As a leader, you have to cherish your team like a gardener. You have to be watering with attention and training in order to stand out in the marketplace. All leaders in the organisation should be trained to maintain focus on natural business cycles.

Business life is tough. A rose garden is beautifully made of roses that have flowers with thorns. So is business. The importance is to be in flow with the natural cycles. Throughout rough times, you’ll be the best leaders if you are honest, respectful and treat your surroundings with carefulness and dignity.

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it – Rumi

Aim at being a good looking and well treated organisation…and remember that making other elements flourish is easier when you flourish yourself!

Good luck with making your company flourish!

@Grete

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