Over the years of caring for lawns, I have come to understand that one cannot make them grow by standing over them—harassing, badgering, pressuring, urging, nor barking incessantly. The grass is deaf to my clamant appeals.
I have realised that I have to work with a lawn—providing the best nutrients and conditions required in order to promote natural growth and literally, from the ground up.
The people in our organisations are similar.
Some individuals and teams display abundant growth while others are more sparse — a bit of green here, a bit of growth there but overall, lack cohesion and progression against their verdant colleagues.
Just as a lawn needs watering, weeding, soil conditioning, fertilising and suitable climatic conditions to grow, so too, our people and departments need to be nourished and provided with the right conditions and environment to promote and support their growth.
Sometimes after working with existing lawns, I have decided to replace them—or parts of them; and so it goes for some personnel also.
To create a thriving lawn takes effort and care; working with our people is no different.