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People Are Like Plants

By May 26, 2010

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People are like plants. If you plant a rose in a shady spot it will struggle. It will be more susceptible to diseases. It may bloom for you, but the flowers will be small and few. Move it to a warm, sunny spot and watch it go. Put a fuchsia in that sunny spot and it will shrivel up. Move it to the shade and you'll get a riot of colorful blossoms. People are like that too.

Move a quiet, introverted person into sales and watch them struggle. Put an artistic, creative person into the Accounting Department and they will search for the few parts of the job they enjoy. Or if you select a process-oriented accountant for a marketing role, you won't get their best work. An engineer responsible for fashion design wouldn't be a good choice either.

So learn about your people. Find what they do well. Put them into situations or positions where they and their talents are needed and valued and they will bloom like flowers. Give them an opportunity to succeed and they will rise to it. That's not to say you shouldn't challenge them, push them a little, set goals that they have to stretch for. You should. Just make sure they are in the right spot first.

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December 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm
(1) Michelle says:

I really like this. As a manager for the past 18 years, I agree completely with what you are saying. However, I find it increasingly difficult to convince my executive staff that human beings are important to our continued success.

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