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Tend Your Garden

April 21st, 2015  | 

Published in Strategic Planning

With Spring in full bloom nearly one-third of the year completed, it’s an opportune time for you to tend the garden you call your business and consider taking this action:

  1. Prune programs and processes that are not producing the results you expect. Don’t hold onto old ways just because they’ve always been there. Allow new programs and processes to flourish.
  2. Root out under-performers and show them the door. Just as bad weeds divert water, minerals and sunlight from your best plants, poor performing employees are distractions that choke effectiveness by sending signals to top talent that under-performance is tolerated.
  3. Enrich your top performers. Farmers improve yields 30-50% by nurturing and fertilizing their crops. Ask your top talent, “What’s one thing I can do for you that will increase your effectiveness?” If their request is reasonable, take steps to make it happen.

Tend your garden now for a bountiful harvest later.

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 200 strategic planning sessions, and he’s delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. His fifth leadership book—How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices—examines 52 of history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies and will be published in 2019 by Simple Truths.

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