How can plants and people grow?
Question # 1 How well do you prepare the environment?
Farmers and gardeners know you cannot make a plant grow. The plant grows itself. What you do is provide the conditions for growth. And great farmers know what the conditions are and bad ones donâ€™t.
Sir Ken Robinson
Sources http://youtu.be/aT_121H3kLY http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/06/04/you-cannot-make-a-plant-grow-you-can-provide-the-conditions-for-growth/
The innovation plant needs good soil. This means that the environment needs to be carefully considered. http://innovateonpurpose.blogspot.com/2011/05/staking-out-innovation-success.html
Prepare the ground for planting. This task includes removing obstacles that will interfere with growth, as well aenriching the fertility of the soil. Mitch Ditkoff http://www.ideachampions.com/weblogs/archives/2010/01/post.shtml
Upfront preparation gives you a chance to really figure out what youâ€™re doing before you really start.
Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Learning-environments-2902222
Question # 2 Where do you plant?
An important feature of an ecosystem is the
interconnection and interdependency of each part in the ecosystem and the ability to add specific qualities to the whole. http://www.cld.academy/a-garden-metaphor-for-leadership-development/
Weâ€™re all familiar with ecosystems in the natural world. The word refers to a localized community of living organisms interacting with each other and their particular environment of air, water, mineral soil, and other elements. These organisms influence each other and their terrain. They compete and collaborate, share and create resources, and co-evolve. http://d2mtr37y39tpbu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/DUP_1048-Business-ecosystems-come-of-age_MASTER_FINAL.pdf
Maximize the potential of your organization by planting people wisely. http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/2011/07/14/organizational-agriculture/
Question # 3 What technologies do you use to help plants grow?
I suggest that a company be viewed not as a member of a single industry but as part of
a business ecosystem that crosses a variety of industries. James Moore http://d2mtr37y39tpbu.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/DUP_1048-Business-ecosystems-come-of-age_MASTER_FINAL.pdf
Just as a gardener needs to put in place the canes, cloches and trellises to support the new seedlings, so you need to ensure there is sufficient technology to support emergent knowledge management activities. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/knowledge-manager-gardener-organic-metaphor-nick-milton
Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/11-advantages-of-using-a-blog-for-teaching
Question # 4 How quickly do you remove weeds that block growth?
Interfere when what needs to grow is influenced negatively by internal and/or external influencers. http://www.theleadershipadvisor.com/2011/07/14/organizational-agriculture/
To avoid developing a culture in which people do not help each other, remove internal competition incentives. http://www.nickmilton.com/2010/05/pouring-weedkiller-on-km-garden.html
Complexity is like a weed in the garden that can always creep back in. Do not let the weeds grow. https://hbr.org/2013/05/seven-strategies-for-simplifyi.html
Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Farming-innovation-1711981
Question # 5 What kind of fertilizer do you use?
The job of the company leader is changing fast: You have to think of yourself not as a designer but as a gardener - seeding, nurturing, inspiring, cultivating ideas. Source Jeff Bezos, Amazon. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/opinion/sunday/friedman-do-you-want-the-good-news-first.html
A garden needs fertilizer to grow. So do people.
Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Praise-2900502
Question # 6 How often do you rotate plants?
Many farmers follow the practice of crop rotation, planting a series of dissimilar crops in sequential seasons. This practice helps to diversify risk but has also been shown to improve crop yield. http://mashable.com/2011/07/25/social-media-contest-how-to/
How do you avoid routine in your life?
Question # 7 How do you help plants continue to shine?
As the flower appears, a gardener has to take care of it - in a way that will permit it to express its nature, its best possibilities. Alberto Alessi
Some of the plants in your garden will thrive. Learn from these, find out the secrets of their success, and seek to reproduce these elsewhere. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/knowledge-manager-gardener-organic-metaphor-nick-milton
Transplant the healthiest of the thinned out plants to new, roomier locations.