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What are you planting at work this Spring?
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The very early signs of Spring are in the air and in this issue of Reflections I wanted to use the garden as a metaphor to explore setting up the conditions for growth, creativity and innovation at work.

Gardens are complex ecosystems that need tending and care to keep them looking at their best. There are many shapes, sizes and styles of gardens and each need tailored care to their own specific needs. Keeping the garden healthy, flourishing and in tune with the wider environment needs constant attention-some more so than others.

On a personal level we can relate this garden analogy to how we approach our work and as Leaders how we set the right culture for our organisation and our teams. Is your work all about getting the weedkiller out or is it about adding some fertiliser and creating opportunities for growth? Perhaps take a moment to reflect on your to do list, your goals and strategy- does it have a built in negativity bias? Solve this problem, that problem, damage limitation, cost containment etc What about the working towards some new opportunities, some innovation and creativity? Where does that fit? 

The challenge for us at work is if our to-do lists are all about solving problems and getting the weedkiller out- this doesn't mean to say that we are setting up the right conditions to flourish and grow, we may just end up a bit scorched! What we will have done is a really good job of getting rid of the weeds, but that doesn't mean that we have created a flourishing garden! 
Perhaps now with nature reminding us that we are within days of Spring it is time to do a bit of rebalancing of out goals, to-do lists and how we manage our time. Take a step back and have a think about:
  • Two areas in your work life where you want to make some positive changes- what are they?
  • How might you approach them from a positive angle of applying some fertiliser?
  • What for you are the elements that make work engaging rather than energy sapping? What is your fertiliser?
  • What is your organisation's fertiliser? What positives do you bring to the world? 
     
with thanks to James Pawelski and his red capes and green capes analogy!
Curious to find out more about what I can do to help you and your organisation?  If you fancy a different take then do give me a call or drop me a line. I can offer off the shelf and tailored interventions focused around

Staff wellbeing, strengths and happiness
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Leadership and management development
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Executive Coaching and Supervision
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Compassion and kindness interventions
Creative arts 
 
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