Watering Your Business Part II
“I want my garden to be the best in the neighborhood,” the man thought as he ran down to Home Depot to buy some water hoses and sprinklers. Less than an hour later he was out watering his garden.
Each morning he started the watering and changed the sprinklers around. This plan worked well for the first few days until he had to start traveling. He asked others to help out, but they just didn’t care as much as he did. Some plants got too much water, some none at all. Then, over several months, most of the plants started looking yellow and sickly.
Realizing the best he could do just wasn’t cutting it, he decided to call the Green Gardener again. After hearing the dilemma, the Green Gardener said, “You have several things going on in your garden. Have you thought about putting in a sprinkler system that automatically gets the right amount of water to each type of plant? Also, have you taken a soil survey to make sure your plants are getting the right nutrition? It’s wrong to assume that all plants will thrive getting the same amount of water and the same nutrition. Most important of all is you will need to check up on your garden yourself on a regular basis. No one is going to care as much as you do!”
Think about how these gardening tips work in your own business. Each of your people needs different amounts of water (motivation) and nutrition (skills training), and they need it on a regular basis. Most of all, they need their manager to check in on them on a regular basis. Even people who are mostly self-watering and feeding do better when the right leader inspires them and gives them power food!