I had a lesson in gardening yesterday

Gardening lessonI was helping a friend with her garden and we were putting in some new plants. I suggested a plant could go by a wall and she said, “It will never flourish there. That’s a North facing wall. It needs to be out here so it gets some sun”.

To her it was obvious from her experience, and from talking with other gardeners. To me…?

It reminded me of a manager’s garden where people will flourish, or not, with different tasks, different handling, even a desk in a different part of the office. Some people need more ‘watering’ and ‘fertilizer’, some need more protection from ‘pests’, some need more ‘shade’ and some need more ‘sun’.

The people in your management garden are all different, as different as plants, and each person needs a different management service from you, so each can flourish in their own way.

Unlike a plant, we can ask a person what will help them flourish, so this week set yourself a task to ask each person on your team what they need from you.

People flourish when they are engaged, and here are some tips on working with values to enhance engagement.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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About the Author:

People Alchemy’s founder and managing director is Paul Matthews. Paul’s key skill is in making the ideas come alive with stories, and making sure his listeners receive practical tools and tips to take away and implement. He excels at reducing complex theory down to simple concepts and then articulating these in a way that everyone can understand, and more importantly, use to get better results for themselves and their organisations. Paul is a regular speaker at HR and L&D events and exhibitions covering topics such as harnessing the power of informal learning, capability at work, workplace performance, and how L&D can be effective in these tough times. He is also invited to speak on management and leadership, and how they impact on capability and performance at work.

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