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How can we help plants and people grow?

Question # 1 How well do you prepare?

The innovation plant needs good soil. This means that the environment needs to be carefully considered.

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

Upfront preparation gives you a chance to really figure out what you’re doing before you really start.

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Question # 2 How wisely 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.

Maximize the potential of your organization by planting people wisely.

We’re all familiar with ecosystems in the natural world. The word was coined in the 1930s by British botanist Arthur Tansley to refer 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 coevolve; and they are inevitably subject to external disruptions, to which they adapt together. Noticing growing parallels, business strategist James Moore imported the concept to the increasingly dynamic and interconnected world of commerce.

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Question # 3 What technologies do you use to help plants grow?

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.

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

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Question # 4 How quickly do you remove weeds and other obstacles that block healthy growth?

Complexity is like a weed in the garden that can always creep back in. Don't let the weeds grow.

Interfere when what needs to grow is influenced negatively by internal and/or external influencers.

To avoid developing a culture in which people do not help each other, remove internal competition incentives.

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Question # 5 What kind of fertilizer do you use?

A garden needs fertilizer to grow. So do people. Examples  Inspiration such as tweets, blog postings, books, and videos.  Conversations and good laughs with other people.  Seeing new places.  Healthy food.  Sports such as walking, jogging, and/or swimming.  Music.

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 don’t.

Sir Ken Robinson


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 the ideas coming from below, and then making sure people execute them. Source Jeff Bezos, Amazon.

We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity - to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process. It’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do is – like a farmer – create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.

Sir Ken Robinson

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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.

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Question # 7 How highly do you prioritize implementation?

Many organisations spend a huge amount of time developing and polishing a strategy, but then put little or no effort into ensuring that their implementation is good. This is completely backwards. Implementation is where most plans go wrong – put the majority of your efforts there.

Tim Kastelle

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Question # 8 How do you help the healthiest plants?

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

Transplant the healthiest of the thinned out plants to new, roomier locations.

Mitch Ditkoff

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.

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How can we help plants and people grow?