Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a fascination with growing things. The little seeds planted in Dixie cups lining the classroom window was a rite of spring welcomed after our long dreary winters. I remember planting the seeds and waiting with fascination and wonder for the first sign that the little seed would become something bigger, better and more beautiful.
Later, as a college student, my interest led me to take horticulture and botany as electives while earning my nursing degree. I finally understood what made the seed open and send the roots down and the stalk up. I also learned that where the seed is planted makes a huge difference in the outcome. Dry, or nutrient-poor soil wouldn’t give even the best seeds a chance. And lack of sunshine would surely limit the chances of survival.
You can buy the best seeds but if they are thrown onto concrete or parched soil, they will never bloom. You can sit back and say that the seeds were worthless or you can re-evaluate why they didn’t take root.
Your culture is like the soil and best practice tactics are the seeds. When you cultivate an environment with a strong connection to mission, vision and values; and one that fosters connection to purpose, you’ll be improving your odds for a bountiful harvest. What are you planting? And where are you planting it?