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					            8 tips from
           gardeners to
           other leaders
Butschart Gardens, British Columbia, Canada.
  Tip # 1
Prepare well
      Upfront preparation gives you a chance to
      really figure out what you’re doing before
      you really start.

     The innovation plant needs good soil.

     This means that the environment needs to
     be carefully considered. The ”soil” must be
     rich with people who understand the goals
     of the firm, and the culture must be
     supportive of innovation.

 Tip # 2
Plant wisely
     Maximize the potential of your organization
           by planting people wisely.

  Tip # 3
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.

   Tip # 4
 Create healthy
 conditions so
plants can grow
 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

Jeff Bezos, Amazon.
     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.
                                                            Mr. Alberto Alessi

      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

 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
Sir Ken Robinson: ”Bring on the learning revolution.”
    Tip # 5
    Give the
healthiest plants
  more room
    Transplant the healthiest of the thinned
      out plants to new, roomier locations.

Ditkoff, Mitch: “Create a Garden of Innovation.”
    Tip # 6
Remove obstacles
that block growth
          Prepare the ground for planting.

     This task includes removing obstacles
     that will interfere with growth, as well as
          enriching the fertility of the soil.

Ditkoff, Mitch: “Create a Garden of Innovation.”
           Interfere when what needs to grow
           is influenced negatively by internal
                and/or external influencers.

   Tip # 7
  Put strong
  priority on
 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.

Kastelle, Tim: ”Strategy lessons from a suburban garden.”
  Tip # 8
Use fertilizer
   A garden needs fertilizer to grow. So do people.

   Examples of brain fertilizers for people:
     Healthy food.
     Literature such as articles, blog postings, and tweets.
     Conversations and good laughs with other people.
     Sports such as walking / jogging and/or swimming.
     Seeing new places.


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